Russia’s brutal attack and invasion of Ukraine has produced horrific and sickening stories of violence against Ukrainian civilians.
But it has also produced some incredible stories of bravery from Ukrainians, who have performed incredible feats in the face of terrible danger.
One such story came to light on May 6: Lisa Chernyshenko, a 15-year-old from Popasna, a besieged town in Luhansk Oblast, was in a car that was attacked by Russian troops. She managed to drive the wounded people inside the car to safety while herself being injured.
Chernyshenko was travelling in a private car with four adults on May 5, attempting to escape from the Luhansk Oblast town of Popasna, which was under attack by invading Russian troops.
But as they were leaving the town, suddenly the Russians opened fire on the vehicle.
Two men, including the driver, were seriously injured by shell fragments. Chernyshenko had to get behind the wheel and then drive them 30 kilometers to Bakhmut, a town in Donetsk Oblast, where all of them got medical aid. She drove most of the distance with both of her legs wounded, as the Russians had shelled the car again.
“There were mines on the road, placed in a chessboard manner. It was impossible to drive though there, but somehow I made it,” Chernyshenko said in a video that Luhansk Oblast Governor Serhiy Haidai posted on his Telegram channel.
“But then we had to turn right and that’s when Russians shot at us again, hitting my legs.
“There was almost nothing I could do, the car stalled, I barely managed to start it, but the car then stalled again since the vehicle battery was shot by a bullet,” Chernyshenko said.
Chernyshenko had had to drive with wounds to both of her legs until the car finally stopped working.
“I drove as far as I could. It was not easy for me. It was very painful, but anyway, at least somehow. I would not leave those people under shelling,” Chernyshenko said.
All of Chernychenko’s passengers survived, after they were found and saved by Ukrainian soldiers. Lisa was taken to Lviv for medical treatment the next day. None of the adults she had helped was her relative. She lost her mother seven years ago and she only has god-mother, who stayed behind in Popasna.