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Oleksandr Darmoros

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Oleksandr Darmoros, 30, a Junior Lieutenant from Khmelnytsky Oblast, served in the 8th Regiment of the Special Forces. Oleksandr was severely wounded by a landmine explosion while on a mission in Luhansk oblast on March 25, 2016 and lost vision in both eyes. His left leg was amputated below the knee. It is hoped that he may regain part of his vision in the future. He is a husband and father of two daughters who prior to the war renovated ATM machines and worked on his family farm. 

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"I am hopeful about my right eye. Maybe not now, but possibly within three years, I'm sure that I will be able to see. But I will not be laid up. I already have had work propositions even if I do not regain my vision back. I can become a massage therapist, work at a police call center or as a radio presenter. At the moment, it is most important to heal, but I am already being offered jobs and this gives me inspiration and lifts my spirits."

050W98A5409_PSA Braille alphabet – a sytem of touch reading and writing for the blind and visually impaired people used by Oleksandr. Kyiv, May 26, 2016

W98A5334_PS"At the moment, we are in the public eye. Everyone calls us and checks in on us. I tell him: Sasha, real life will begin when we get home and when it will be the three of us – me, you and our child. Then we will fully comprehend the changes that have happened to us,” said Oksana, Oleksandr’s wife.

A physical therapist works with Olexandr at the Kyiv Military Hospital. Nearby is his wife Oksana.   

W98A4134_PSOleksandr and his wife Olena react as he takes his first steps on a prosthetic leg at Ortotech Service in Kyiv’s Podil district.