Dozens of injured Ukrainian troops arrive daily at the Central Hospital in the Donetsk region city of Artemivsk, 40 kilometers from the government-controlled town of Debaltseve, which has been under siege from pro-Russian rebels for the past week. The scene there is sometimes chaotic, always stressful and too often somber.

For a while, the ambulances were arriving every few minutes early Sunday, carrying troops wounded in the nearby combat zone. Their comrades moved quickly to help them, and civilian medical personnel hurried to keep up.

As in any war, ambulance crews do some of the most dangerous work.

“I came from two places. I will not name them. From one point I brought a dead body, and from the other two wounded. Action from the Russian side has intensified. That is why these are hard days,” said Private Vasyl from the Ukrainian National Guard.

Vasyl’s colleague, Private Lilya, said that medical evacuation teams face a constant shortage of properly equipped vehicles.

“Our essential, essential need is medical and intensive care transport. That is what we do not have. Transport does not last long here. Our vehicles are constantly under shelling, and this is a big problem for us,” said Lilya.

Inside, many of the medical workers do not want their faces shown for fear of reprisals if the rebels take the town.

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