More news coming out regarding our comrade Artem, info from hardcore band Zrada in Ukraine. Please share.
As some of you might already know our friend Artem, an antifascist from Kharkiv, was attacked by a group of neo-nazis. That happened on Saturday, November 19th. He was alone and was attacked by about 10 nazi bastards. He tried to fight back but ended up on the ground, where the beating continued (which resulted in broken ribs). When Artem has already been knocked down, as if that was not enough, one of the attackers inflicted four stab wounds in the back. After the attack, due to pain shock not realizing that he was wounded, Artem was able to go about 200 meters where he was to meet with his brother and a girlfriend and fell in front of them. They called an ambulance and helped to remain conscious. Fortunately, an ambulance arrived quickly. And luckily, one of the best surgeons had night shift that night.
Stabs struck lung and heart. Artem lost about 2 liters of blood.
The surgeon conducted the first surgery immediately that lasted 4.5 hours. Due to internal bleeding he had to do a second surgery the next day. Artem regained consciousness on Monday, November 21st.
It could be fatal, if the ambulance arrived and the operation began 15 minutes later.. It could also be fatal if stab in the heart was just few millimeters further.
Thanks to all the circumstances critical condition is gone and Artem gets better.
During the first 10 days of treatment Artem’s family spent about $2500 on medical expenses. Thanks to all the Ukrainian friends who have already helped with those bills.
But help is still needed. The rehabilitation period will last for some time (weeks or maybe even months) and will cost a lot as well. So it’s time to seek help from our international friends. Please contact us if you can help. Western Union or PayPal will work.
Solidarity is more than just words!
No aggression without response!
/// 0161 Festival Crew ///