It was daylight on an open road when Russian forces opened fire on an ambulance where paramedic Andriy Borodino was struggling to keep a patient alive. “There were no cars behind us. We were driving with flashing lights. The road ahead was empty, as people could not move around that day,” Andriv said.
On the Beryslavske Highway, near the village of Naddnipryanske, they passed a group of Russian BTR armoured personnel vehicles. The Russian invasion had reached its third day and troops were moving north from Crimea to seize territory in Ukraine. Andriv saw the BTRs out of the corner of his eye, but didn’t pay them much attention.
“I was dealing with the patient when I heard the shooting,” he said. “At first, they were shooting from the front. Then the shots moved further along the whole ambulance.” He can recall at least five shots. The ambulance slowed to a stop on the side of the road, the driver dead. The attack shattered Andriv’s pelvis, leaving him immobile as the vehicle caught fire. He watched from inside the ambulance as the BTRs passed by. It was another driver who pulled him to safety. The patient also died. “I can’t even imagine why they did that,” said Andriv, who can no longer see out of his right eye. “We give medical help to everyone – it doesn’t matter if a person is Russian or not.”