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    ‘I Only Operate:’ A Ukrainian Trauma Surgeon Has an All-Consuming Task During Russia’s War

    ‘I Only Operate:' A Ukrainian Trauma Surgeon Has an All-Consuming Task During Russia's War

    KYIV, Ukraine — As the lead trauma surgeon at a hospital in Ukraine's capital, Petro Nikitin has his hands deep in a war churning hundreds of kilometers (miles) away. The 59-year-old doctor's work to repair the bodies of some of the most badly injured soldiers is all-consuming.

    “I only operate,” Nikitin said, taking a short pause as his team continued surgery on a patient. “I do nothing else in my life now. I don't see my children, who have been evacuated, I don't see my wife, who has been evacuated, I by myself, and all I do is treat the wounded.”

    While the Ukrainian military does not provide casualty figures, some Western sources estimate more than 100,000 Ukrainian troops have been killed or wounded since invaded the country almost 15 months ago.

    Fighting has been particularly fierce in recent weeks around the eastern of Bakhmut, scene of the war's longest and bloodiest battle, where Ukrainian forces have recently clawed back more territory from Russian forces.

    A major Ukrainian counteroffensive is expected in coming weeks, with more people likely to end up on operating tables in Nikitin's hospital, which like other Ukrainian military hospitals, is short-staffed because physicians were pulled away to work in field hospitals closer to the front. The Associated Press agreed not to identify the Kyiv hospital for security reasons.

    On Feb. 25, 2022, the day after Russian troops invaded,…

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