Volodymyr Honcharovsky | Wounds

Volodymyr Honcharovsky


Volodymyr and his wife Oksana kiss in their home in Teofipol. “Life for us is very difficult at the moment. We hoped that he would slowly begin to walk again, but as you see, there have been no changes.” Teofipol, Khmelnytsky Oblast, November 17, 2014

Volodymyr Honcharovsky, 31, married and a father of 4 children, was severely wounded on February 20, 2014, during the Euromaidan Revolution. He was shot three times, twice in the back and once in the right arm, while attempting to reach wounded demonstrators who had been shot by security forces on Institutska Street. Mr. Honcharovsky underwent multiple operations in Ukraine and Germany, but has significant and persistent issues. These include extreme pain throughout his body due to nerve damage, which often inhibits him from physical therapy. 


“I went to the Maidan on February 1st. I could not sit and watch the disorder [from afar] — the beating of children, students as well as their parents at the hands of the Berkut [riot police]. I could not wait and watch…. My heart was being torn apart by what was happening in the State.”

Volodymyr is prepared for an X-ray at a hospital in Truskavetz, where he is undergoing physical therapy. Truskavetz, Lviv Oblast, September 6, 2014


X-rays of Volodymyr’s prosthetic in his lower spine, which he received in Germany. Svyatets, Khmelnytsky Oblast, December 9, 2014


Volodymyr’s mother Ljudmyla massages her son’s back in their home. Svyatets, Khmelnytsky Oblast, January 26, 2015



“I wish this pain on no one, but would like the man who shot me in the back to feel it for at least a short moment.” 

Volodymyr reacts to severe pain due to nerve damage. Teofipol, Khmelnytsky Oblast, November 17, 2014



“I taught myself how to give injections, so I don’t wake up my son, wife or mother in the middle of the night.” Volodomyr administers a dose of nalbuphine, a powerful painkiller, as his son Nazar sleeps. A daily dose consists of 1 or 2 injections. At times Volodomyr administers up to six injections in a day. February 6, 2015




Volodymyr sits in church after his son’s Christening. Teofipol, Khmelnytsky Oblast, November 16, 2014




Volodymyr is assisted down a set of stairs after his son’s Christening. Proper infrastructure for the physically disabled barely exists in Ukrainian cities, towns and villages. Teofipol, Khmelnytsky Oblast, November 16, 2014




Volodymyr dances with family and friends at a café after his son’s Christening. Teofipol, Khmelnytsky Oblast, November 16, 2014




Oksana Khivchuk, 33, holds her 5 month-old son Nazar. She learned she was pregnant shortly after Volodymyr was wounded during the Euromaidan Revolution. Teofipol, Khmelnytsky Oblast, February 6, 2015



“I pray and place my hope in the Lord that he will help me to stand on my legs.”

Volodomyr works with a physical therapist at a training center in Truskavets. He has feelings in his legs and can take small steps for short distances, but his legs have atrophied. It is also often extremely difficult for him to walk due to extreme pain caused by nerve damage. Truskavets, Lviv Oblast, October 6, 2014



“One hundred were killed while I was only wounded. Just for that, I thank God I survived.”   

Volodymyr makes his bed at the Khmelnytsky City Hospital for Infectious Diseases. He was recently diagnosed with hepatitis C. It is believed he contracted the virus while receiving medical care after being wounded during the Euromaidan Revolution. Khmelnytsky, December 11, 2014



Volodomyr propels his wheelchair outside his home. Svyatets, Khmelnytsky Oblast, December 10, 2014