Ukrainian Girl, 15, Drives Wounded Civilians To Safety Through Minefield After Russians Shoot Her
A 15-year-old Ukrainian girl has told her story of how she drove wounded civilians through a minefield to a hospital 20 miles away after being shot in the legs by Russian soldiers.
A 15-year-old girl from Ukraine managed to drive a car full of wounded Ukrainian civilians to safety, even after being shot by Russian troops.
The teenager told her story of having to navigate through a minefield during a horrific 20-mile journey to get her car full of injured civilians to a hospital.
The young girl managed to keep control of the car after Russian soldiers opened fire on her vehicle for a second time, hitting both of her legs.
The 15-year-old who has not been named as yet was originally a passenger in the car and was attempting to flee with three men and a woman from the devasted town of Popasna in the contested Luhansk region close to the Russian border.
The girl had no option but to take control of the wheel after an explosion seriously injured two men in the car, one of which was the driver.
Once she had managed to get the car back into the safety of a Ukrainian-controlled area she was filmed explaining what had happened to her.
The governor of Luhansk, Serhiy Haidai published the video of her recalling the horrifying experience on his Telegram channel.
The girl who will not be of legal driving age in Ukraine until she is 18, said in the video: "It was not easy but I had to do it. I could not leave the people under fire."
The 15-year-old explained: "I was travelling in the car with four adults, three men, and one woman. I know them but they are not members of my family.
"We were leaving Popasna when we came under fire from Russian soldiers. Two of the men were hit by shrapnel, one seriously. "They were so badly injured that I had to take control of the wheel and drive. I had to drive because it was an emergency. Otherwise, they would have bled to death.
"I had to drive through a minefield. It was impossible. It was like a chessboard. But somehow, I made it through. "I saw a dead woman by the side of the road. She was lying by an electricity pole.
"Then I turned right and the Russians opened fire. I was shot in the legs. There was nothing I could do. "And the car stopped too. The engine had been shot up. It had a bullet in the battery. Somehow I got it started again. It was not easy. It was extremely painful to drive. "But I had to do something. I could not leave everyone under fire.
Over the last few weeks, Popasna has hosted some of the most intense fighting in Luhansk as Russian forces push for control over the wider Donbas region.
A pro-Russian Telegram channel this week published a video from a military drone showing that almost every building in the town centre of Popasna had been struck by shelling.
Serhiy Haidai, the head of the Luhansk Regional Military Administration, said this week: "The Russians are not just destroying Popasna, they are removing it from the map of Luhansk region."