HEROES OF MAIDAN: Ivan Filipovych, “God wanted us to survive. So, our mission here is not yet accomplished.”

HEROES OF MAIDAN: Ivan Filipovych, “God wanted us to survive. So, our mission here is not yet accomplished.”

Voices of Ukraine

Interview by Oksana Pilyanska, Journalist
04.22.2014 Vikna
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine

Ivan Filipovych with his father after returning from Poland. Photo by Oksana Pilyanska. Ivan Filipovych with his father after returning from Poland. Photo by Oksana Pilyanska.

On the eve before Palm Sunday, Ivan Filipovych returned to Kalush [Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast] from Poland after being wounded on Maidan. His face was swollen and he had an almost imperceptible scar under one eye. He talks about Maidan with a sense of humor, even when the subject turns to the most critical days of the revolution in February. The young man has lost a lot of weight and looks quite different compared to his “pre-revolutionary” photographs. He is troubled by constant headaches, his eyes water, and he is reticent to say whether he is ready to again go under the knife, in order to correct his nose and fix the scars on his face.

Our conversation is interrupted several times by his…

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