As you probably recall, in Russian army slang 300s are injuries, 200s are fatalities. But wait: here is the ‘clarification’ mentioned. It says:
In July, Igor Strelkov ordered the transfer of the hospital from the Ministry of Defense to the Ministry of Health, but this was not done, as Strelkov left soon. The salaries of doctors never really paid. Until November, the hospital has received assurance from the warehouses of the Ministry of Defence (although no official orders were), but after the conflict of the hospital staff with the then health administrator DNR, Natalia Lipovsky, deliveries stopped. Lipovsky, better known by the Callsign “Dragonfly”, is now a senior officer in the medical service corps DNR, supported by Defense Minister Kononov.
“Take off their order!” A letter about the hospital which is not
Alexander Zhuchkovsky, Jul 29 2015
One militiaman has asked me to publish his letter about the first military hospital DNR. Tonight I will make a detailed message about this situation and some clarification to this letter. But here it is.
To you wrote “300” from Donetsk military hospital, which is not. I will say, it does not happen? In the war in the Donbass now anything can happen. Duty, honor, conscience, and even human life sometimes mean nothing. Alas… More than a year ago, when after fighting at the airport in Donetsk appeared in a large number of the first wounded, and hospitals that remained at that time in subjection to the Ukrainian Ministry of Health, were not morally ready to assist them, to help soldiers came caring physicians who gathered in Donetsk and organized the first military hospital, based at the regional health center adjacent to the hospital of Kalinin. In this year the first military, medics returned to the ranks almost 11,000 wounded! 11,000 lives saved!
I’m one of those “300”s. I was wounded in February under Lugovino. Donetsk, Ilovaisk, Shakhtersk, Snezhne, Debaltsevo, Gorlovka, I drove everywhere. The doctors saved all. And in winter, when the intensity of the fighting around the Donetsk airport reached a peak, physicians equipped the exit point of care on the front line (!) and kept watch around the clock. Repeatedly risked their lives, taking the wounded to ambulances from under the fire. Paradoxically, during the year the hospital was not taken on balance by any of the ministries DNR. Although the Chairman of the People’s Council DND Burgin signed a decree on the establishment of the hospital last summer. Promises sounded a lot, but in the end the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Defense were unable to decide for whom defending the army has priority. For a year the hospital actually worked only at the expense of humanitarian assistance, provided here by various charities and community organizations, for which we express our gratitude to you all, people with hearts. For a year the medical team, which totalled 151 people, worked for FREE, staff salaries non-existent, organization of course no pay. For this the doctors resigned their jobs, and went to work not for the money.
But today the situation has further deteriorated. Summit DNR decided to close the first military hospital (it hurts his building in the center of Donetsk liked), and the functions of the hospital to re-allocate between civil hospitals. In fact, the hospital destroyed! Moreover, despicable, dishonest and unmanly. The courage to sign the order for the closure of the hospital a person in power is not enough. They destroy the hospital, different military units were ordered not to bring in the wounded, medicines are also not available… Not having enough spirit to fire people, waiting until people disperse themselves. But they do not diverge. In which door is just not knocking the doctors asking to hear them and help solve the problem! About the problem know everything, but face it, nobody is in a hurry. Whether in time of war, a military hospital, and the military is different from civilian, you know…
Today we are talking not so much about saving the hospital (most likely, its officials still will achieve), but about the team, about the team of caring, real PEOPLE, professionals. A year of dedicated work, over 11,000 (!) saved lives, they didn’t even say thank you. Everyone can pretend that these people do not. In their professional holiday, Doctors’ Day, when on behalf of the management of doctors in general NOBODY congratulated, thanked the soldiers who were in the hospital for treatment, were ready to take off their medals, distinguished in the battles, and to give their doctors. Naturally, physicians act appreciated, but the gift was not accepted. The medal has a value on the chest, in whose name issued award documents. Pictured medal, which the author of the first letter was removed to give the doctors of the hospital.
Donetsk military hospital: the battle for the 300s
Kyrill Otter, FAN Federal News Agency, Jul 22 2015
FAN visited Donetsk military hospital, which before the war was an ordinary civil hospital. Now in the former hospital of a name of Kalinin save the wounded militia and civilians victims of attacks. Correspondent FAN talked with those who saves people with doctors. Two years without a paycheck! The reporter FAN qiestions the chief physician of the hospital.
Q: How do you assess the current state of the military hospital and military medicine DND in General?
A: At the moment I can’t give an analysis of the entire system of military medicine, which exists in the Republic. The hospital is still not assigned to any Ministry. Since it was created as a military, and we provide assistance to wounded and sick soldiers, in my opinion, it should refer to the Ministry of defence. But, unfortunately, in practice things are not so. Throughout the year, all the soldiers and civilians, held here in the treatment and actually treated in the facility, operating on a charitable basis. We do not have the funding on salaries and no base funding. Medicines, fuels and lubricants, all on a humanitarian basis. Employees do not receive a salary, although in Donetsk about us there is considerable speculation. Comes a large number of applicants for various positions ranging from junior medical staff to leadership positions. They told the nurses not needed? Nurses do you get from 5,000 (10,000), doctors from 19,000 to 21,000 hryvnias and more… Amount called totally unrealistic. Such rumours even a little hurt our team. In the beginning it was fun, but now we’re all a little tired of this. Due to the lack of money employees leave the team. Need somewhere to get a job, to feed their families. In general, the situation is very, very sad, if not critical. And all this is solved simply! Legal recognition. But this has not happened yet. We hope that the situation will change. The second year I hope. Let’s see how much more time will you need to solve this problem. And as to your question about military medicine, in the area of Donetsk airport was a mobile clinic. More than 250 people we evacuated from there. Were where we needed it. And what we could do, was done. Proved by deeds, not words. Due to the decrease in the intensity of the fighting, has significantly decreased the need for medical care. Any problems at the moment are solved, but it would be nice if we were included as a part of the solution. It would be correct. And useful. First of all the fighters.
Q: How many of the wounded are currently in the hospital?
A: About 80 people are inpatient treatment, and about 85 outpatient.
Q: Inpatients treated those who were injured in large battles? In Debaltsevo? Or is it fresh?
A: No. Typically, our wounded are the residual effects of… old injuries or somatic pathology, which does not allow soldiers to perform their tasks. If a fighter can’t pick up a box of ammunition, then, of course, he needs treatment. The fragments that should be removed. Restoring joint mobility. In general, it is the consequences of the fighting that took place a few months ago. Although there are fresh arrivals. But they are more sporadic.
Q: What is your estimate of the percentage of the wounded undergoing inpatient treatment, of the total number of wounded, taken to hospital after fighting near Debaltsevo?
A: That is, how many people passed through the hospital after Debaltsevo? Well, here we must bear in mind that these were mostly people suffering from any illness. But in general, several thousand have passed. We can take outpatient books and to see the appeal of each fighter. Since the establishment of the hospital patients was far beyond 10,000. I think the challenges can in some way be reformulated taking into account the possible prospects. That would be correct.
The correspondent of the FAN also talked with surgeons treating the wounded. It turned out the problems in the hospital through the roof. Doctors sometimes get the impression that the hospital need only the soldiers of the Republic and people who help. FAN correspondent spoke to one of the doctors.
Q: What is the hospital needs?
A: In everything.
Q: In the first place?
A: Necessary medicines, food.
Emotionally picked up the conversation with his colleague:
A: Recognition! The recognition, in the end. The year is already people working here. It is true patriots of their land, Donetsk, Donbass. Work without wages, without any claims on something. Has treated more than 11,000 fighters. This entire division.
Q: And what are the dynamics casualty in connection with the so-called “truce”?
A: Of course, the wounded became less. Here we take the period of Easter. On the night of the Passover for us was evacuated 18 boys. On the following day I arrived. 16 evacuated. More than 30 boys KLA. Here is a truce… We all then took. All the living. Well, and then began to decline.
Explained another surgeon:
A: Here ceased to bring “Somalis”, Motorola’s “Spartans”.
Q: So how come? They preferred some other hospitals?
A: No… Just was given an oral order not to bring to the hospital wounded soldiers. Then left the battalion “Kalmius”, “Vostok”…
Q: How do they cope?
A: They are trying in locations something quietly to split hairs. But then still come back for a little bit. With complications, for aftercare. Don’t make everything.
Q: What wounds do soldiers mostly get in a fight? Bullet? Shrapnel?
A: Mine blast injuries 90%. In this war, for the year, 90% of such injured.
The correspondent of the FAN and talked with the wounded rebels undergoing treatment in the hospital.
Q: Under what circumstances did you get to the hospital?
A: I am from Novoazovsk. While in the hospital came after I was wounded… 120-I (120 mm) arrived. I don’t know, not heard… And that’s as a result, a month in the hospital.
Q: Where are you hit?
A: Marinka. Received shrapnel. Then go to the hospitals. Mother is worried. But nervous because I have a brother also received shrapnel. Under Mariupol in Shirokino fought. Well, to me… at least six months of rehabilitation. While the nerve endings are restored, after six months only, I will be able to squat.
Q: How now?
A: Now, normal. Had three operations to remove the shrapnel. Yet the fourth. But this is after I tightened the stitches, the wound postage paid. Everything will be okay. I haven’t went to get the wounded and escape.
Q: And what is your military specialty?
A: Well, at the moment I tank.
The reporter FAN questions one of the surgeons of the hospital.
Q: What parts of the body most often affects in battle?
A: Limbs… Head, hands, feet.
Q: What is the percentage of serious injuries?
A: Well, our hospital, military specification takes place, as a hospital for lightly wounded. With severe wounds received in the Republican travel center. And not all are serious. If after the war will be carried out statistical work, some data on the percentage of serious injuries will probably be withdrawn.
Q: What about medical care on the battlefield? How the medical corps, nurses?
A: Some were trained by us. Was this practice: for several months, we gathered the group and training staff. Came from parts of the medical corps. And we did, so to speak, a crash course. Dressings, applying bandages, harnesses, etc. These courses we have conducted till the new year, but then it somehow all “jammed”.
Q: Usually those who come with a rack “on board”, already bandaged, some drug must get?
A: The guys who work on the battlefield, say, think. They work quickly.
Q: That is, a common winding the harness to the butt people, apparently helps…?
A: Well… First, this was done more for the sake of swank. And on older machines the butt polished, slip. But then, this force had to go somewhere. Weapons have become the weapon, and a tourniquet is applied purely for medical purposes.
Q: From Russia any help arrives?
A: Yes. Medicines “donated”. A little. And for many reasons a lot doesn’t get to us. But in poking around I don’t want. Spinning, as they say, themselves. “Personal-zvonkovic” relationship.
Q: What do you think about further development of situation? Will the war continue, or it will continue to stay in this rather strange limbo?
A: March in Kiev must have seen everything? More than 5,000 hungry to erase the Donbass from the face of the earth. Yes, we understand, we are physicians, and allegedly have to be neutral… But we live on their land and hear everything they say… “Glory to the heroes” and erase the Donbass from the face of the earth? It’s like? I have to bow for it? We in Kiev did not go. They somehow came here.