Wounded Latvian soldier to be brought home from Ukraine

A call for help recently went round social media – a Latvian who's been injured while fighting for Ukraine needed help to get home. The society "Mūsu ligzda" ('Our Nest') has accumulated the resources and will go pick him up on Tuesday, Latvian Radio reports.

He is referred to as Dmitrijs in the association's Facebook post, but wanted to use his army's pseudonym “cat” in the conversation, which comes from the fact that when he came to serve in Ukraine, there were mice near his base that he said he had caught with his hands.

“Cat,” or Dmitrijs, has been in Ukraine since almost the beginning of the war. He has suffered injuries and contusion. He is currently able to move and communicate himself, but he needs to return to Latvia for further treatment.

“As a volunteer I came myself, it's almost from the very beginning of the war. I came here with the idea of stopping it [Russia's invasion of Ukraine] here, otherwise it will be in Latvia. I was at Bakhmut all the time, I was in a special unit, a special-purpose unit - mining, drones, and everything. Six months ago, we sat in the trenches and a tank fired three times through our location. I will have rehabilitation in Latvia for 2.5 years,” the soldier said.

Dmitrijs was injured long ago. Raina Boguža, project manager of the Society Our Nest, explained that she was initially contacted by a Ukrainian refugee who lives in Riga and helps a lot by supporting Ukrainian soldiers, including working with Boguža.

The woman had received information about Dmitrijs through her sources of information, namely, what condition he was in and that help was needed, and therefore asked Raina if it was possible to bring the man to Latvia.

The representative of the association emphasised that it was also not so important to find out what had happened and how it had happened – it was more important to provide the necessary assistance as soon as possible.

On Tuesday, January 23, the transport of the will go after him and take him from Ukraine to Latvia, where he will be able to receive rehabilitation.

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