Andrey Chersak is the 1st Ukrainian amputee who came to Colorado for treatment.
Before the war, I lived a full life in the village of Mardarovka, Podolsky district, where I still live. I was raising my son Seryozhka, who is now almost 2 years old and also worked in fitness right up to the war began. When my country was invaded, I could not stay behind and felt obligated to defend my native land. I ended up working in Zaporizhia in a machine-gun factory, then they regrouped me into another brigade and a week later we went on the offensive where everything was fine until we re-formed again to the final offensive. On the morning of September 1, when we went towards the Russians, we got into a minefield, where my BMD was hit. We moved the whole brigade to another BMD and continued moving towards Orekhov. When we arrived in the city, they began to fire at us. The machine gunman shouted that the machine gun was not working, so we took up positions without any support, and that’s when they began to cover us with bombs. The first arrival tore off my leg and pierced my lungs. The arrivals just kept going while I was lying shell-shocked. I have a hard time trying to talk about it now as it makes me re-live that moment, so what I would like to say is God bless everyone and take care of yourself.