Neurosurgeon Oles Garashchuk doesn’t like winter holidays. For medical staff, it’s usually that time of the year when their workload spikes. But no one expected the winter of 2013-2014 to be that busy.
For the 38-year-old neurosurgeon, the EuroMaidan Revolution began in Kyiv’s state hospital No. 17 where he’s been working for the past 16 years. When the first wounded protesters arrived to the hospital, Garashchuk understood that this protest wouldn’t be the same as the Orange Revolution that brought pro-Western forces into power in 2004.
Garashchuk himself was among the 500,000 people that took to the streets on Dec. 1, 2013 following the beating of the several hundred students earlier at night. By the end of that day, 109 protesters were hospitalized, according to the City Department of Health.