18-year-old boy hit by a bullet in the face
Voytovych Nazar. Was born in 1996 (at the time of his death he was a minor), Travneve village, Ternopil Province, an only child in the family. He died on 18 or 19 February; he was hit in the face by a bullet. On 2 June, would have turned 18. He had long dreamed of having an embroidered shirt. Now they bought it to him and he was buried in it. His entire village collected money to bring his body from Kyiv. As a child, he was quiet, not particularly distinguished himself from other children. He loved nature and was devout. He studied computer graphics at the Ternopil Cooperative College. While studying, he actively admired nationalist ideas of love for the motherland.
A BLUE HELMET
A stocky man in his fifties with a waxy pale face, resembling a mask, and red eyes, staring at one point, was kneeling near the body covered with a blood-stained sheet, and was unable to lift it. He was wearing a dark-blue police winter jacket, with no epaulettes, and with a fur collar. His close-cropped hair had no traces of gray or white to it yet. Finally, he lifted the edge of the sheet, immediately recognised his son, and covered the sheet again.
Then, he turned his head to the side, where eleven more bodies were lying; they were also covered with sheets stained with blood. Sheets of paper with some inscriptions made in red marker, were lying on some sheets at the face level. Amidst all this red on white, there was one huge blue spot – a military helmet, painted in blue UN colour. It was all smeared in blood, and on the left side it had a bullet hole in the area of the temple.
Ustyn Golodnyuk, a 19-year-old student from a small town Zbarazh in Ternopil Province (western Ukraine), was supposed to meet with his father on Oktyabrskaya Street at 11 a.m. They made this arrangement at 9 a.m. Ustyn was a protector of Maidan since November. He agreed with his father, that the father would drive him home, so that he could have some rest. But Ustyn did not survive the following two hours before the meeting with his father. “I told him: "Be careful out there, don't stick your chin out, we have to go home”, Golodnyuk reported. “He laughed and replied: “Dad, don’t worry! I have a magic UN helmet, and I’ll be alright”. These were the last words I heard from him”.
Volodymyr, the father of Ustyn lifts up his helmet from the ground and stares at his son's blood, still unclotted on the inside and outside of the helmet. He brings it closer to his face, as if trying to feel the smell and warmth of his son, he tries to say something, but his voice suddenly breaks after the words ‘blue helmet’, he falls back into the chair, lowers his head and his massive shoulders begin to shake.
A former policeman, who faithfully served his country his whole life, is trying to subdue the oncoming feeling of despair, which was unfamiliar to him until today. He almost succeeds…
“Ustin had no chance to survive, like the other 11 men whose bodies are lying next to him in the lobby of the ‘Ukraine’ hotel, equipped to fulfill the role of a temporary morgue, the chief doctor of the Maidan self-defense mobile clinic, Olga Bohomolets, explained. “The sniper or the snipers operated professionally”, she said. “All of them sustained gunshot wounds to their hearts or heads. All were killed by a7.62 mm caliber bullet [the Dragunov sniper rifle]. “They were shooting to kill”. As a citizen, the father of Ustin supported Ustin’s desire to be present on the Maidan. As the father, he opposed the idea. “I don’t know whether Yanukovych should kneel before me, but I know for sure that he should face the international tribunal for what he has done to my country and to my son," his father said.