Life story. "I'm not a soldier, I've been disabled from childhood. I have my own war"
We met this man recently on the pedestrian bridge in Uzhgorod.
Honestly, at first we thought that someone was making money on the injured soldier. A girl in a white coat with someone's initials was standing nearby. It turned out that it was the name and surname of the man sitting in the wheelchair. Meet Oleksiy Zalogin.
- Hello, have you returned from the ATO? Where were you injured? - I asked emotionally.
- No, I'm not a soldier, I've been disabled since childhood.
I chatted with him and found out that he was a native of Kherson district, but now lives in Lviv. His wheelchair is absolutely different from those of other people with disabilities - it is higher and has certain design features. Oleksiy said that he had made it himself. "It is very comfortable. See, you can not only lean back, but also rest your head. I sit at the level of a standing person. It is convenient when talking" - he explains. And this despite the fact that he has a serious illness (atrophied skeletal muscles) and each inhale-exhale takes considerable efforts.
Why was he on the bridge? Oleksiy raises funds. Donation boxes are neatly attached to the wheelchair on both sides. He says that money is needed to... develop new wheelchairs for disabled. He said that he was the founder and the chairman of the public organization "Axon". According to him, it is engaged in the field of innovative technologies to improve living standards. They have even created their own site axonpublic.org (after the conversation we visited the site. It contains information on artificial limbs that are developed in the world). Oleksiy is so fascinated by his idea that he starts telling us about some "space" parts for the new wheelchairs, computer technology and the like. "You know, this is the future," - he says.
He raises money for his dream, traveling to different cities of Ukraine together with his "support team".
We could not resist and asked him: "Don't you think that you speculate a little on the military theme?" He took our question calmly. "It happened one day. My team suggested to wear camouflage - and I wore. Yes, to be honest, after that people started to give more money. But the word "speculation" is inappropriate here, because I do not buy or sell anything... I support our boys. I am also at war. My own war. For life," - he said confidently.