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I think that even if my life were to end tomorrow, it is worth all the lives that have been saved during this time – said Damian Duda, a battlefield medic from the “In the meantime” foundation, in “Fakty po Faktach” on the front in the Ukrainian Donbas. As he said, the Russians shoot at medics even when they are evacuating the injured.

The guest of Saturday's edition of “Fakty po Faktach” was Damian Duda, a battlefield medic from the “In the meantime” foundation, who is on the front in Ukraine. Donbass.

– In fact, I have been on the front line for 10 years as a medic. We have been operating as a foundation for two years, we were in Sołedar, Bakhmut, we were there during the Zaporozhian counteroffensive. Even if our lives were to end tomorrow, because tomorrow we start another duty in the trenches, every day spent here means a lot of boys who were helped and who managed to get out of the combat zone – he said.

– And I think that even if my life were to end tomorrow, it is worth all the lives that have been saved during this time – he added.

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Duda: it's up to us how quickly we stop time

Talking about his help on the front, Duda said that “there are several main killers on the battlefield.” – One of the biggest is massive hemorrhage. Ladies and gentlemen, imagine that the injured party is such an hourglass. At this moment, the sand runs out like an hourglass. This shows the passage of time, he said.

– At this point, the injured person is an hourglass, only blood is flowing out of him, which measures the time he has left to survive and survive. Whether the injured person survives or not depends on how quickly we provide help and evacuate him from the combat zone – said the TVN24 guest.

Duda: At this point, the injured person is an hourglass. It's up to us how quickly we stop timeTVN24

– You could say that we in the trenches are first-contact medics. It's up to us how quickly we stop time, take the boys away and hand them over to hospital staff, because their lives depend on it, he added.

“They shoot at medics”

Damian Duda said that “Russians are ruthlessly hunting medical personnel.” – They shoot at medics, seeing from the drone that we are dealing with the evacuation of injured people. They are also fighting behind the front, at stabilization points and hospitals. In this respect, no provisions of international law apply here, he pointed out.

The medic emphasized that “these are heavy pictures.” – When we are on the front line, we stay underground, which provides us with some safety, but if (the rocket – ed.) arrives at a specific point, I think that none of us will survive and our dugout will simply be our grave. So far, fortunately, the place where we are has not suffered any points – he reported.

– We are dealing with constant darkness, cold and humidity. We are dealing with rats, mice, and the smell of corpses scattered on the battlefield. These are really heavy pictures. Here you have to be very resilient, not only physically, but also mentally, he added.

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