Soldier Vitalii Romanko, call sign «HIMERA»

I am Vitalii Romanko, born on 02.10.1981. I was called up for military service in 2015. And later, from 2017 to 2021 I served under a military enlistment contract.

In March 2020, in the Luhansk region, while performing a combat mission, I sustained a mine-blast wound to the leg. Despite all the efforts of doctors, unfortunately, the limb could not be saved. 

After a lengthy treatment and rehabilitation, I got a prosthesis installed. In summer 2021, I was dismissed from service for health reasons. I had to adapt to civilian life with a disability.

On February 24th, 2022, from the very first day, with the full-scale invasion of Ukraine by the enemy, I returned to defend our state.

During my service, the workload on the prosthesis increased significantly.  I have to be changing components more often, which requires increased spending. Now I need to replace the liner, without which the use of the prosthesis is impossible.

Despite all the difficulties, I am sure that thanks to charitable foundations, volunteers, caring people, we will win, and everything will be Ukraine!