"I saw so many deaths": the story of a citizen of Kazakhstan who saved more than 200 Ukrainians

Konstantin evacuated more than 200 people from the hottest spots in the Kyiv region.

Konstantin Gudauskas, a citizen of Kazakhstan, arrived in Ukraine in 2019, fleeing political persecution in his homeland. In Kazakhstan, he was a public activist, engaged in the protection of people’s rights. Konstantin had no idea that in three years he would have to not only protect, but save people in Ukraine.

Konstantin began his work to save people from Bucha, Vorzel and other cities and villages of the Kyiv region on February 24th. On the second day, a shell hit his car, but, fortunately, it did not explode, but got stuck right in the battery of the electric car. At the moment of impact, Konstantin lost consciousness, woke up in a temporary hospital in Gostomel with a shell shock.

On March 9, Konstantin Gudauskas learned that the famous composer Igor Poklad and his family had been locked in the basement of their house in Vorzel for two weeks without food, water or communication with the outside world. Konstantin went to Vorzel, found a house and saved the family of Igor Poklad and his dogs.

Svetlana Compliance

We had to go through Russian checkpoints. Svetlana Poklad recalls that at the checkpoint she heard from the Russian military:

“And you went for this junk? Well, you’re an idiot, well, you’re a suicide, well, you’re a moron!”

Konstantin managed to get 203 people out of hell. He was beaten, shot over his head, asked if he was ready to die, to which the hero replied that he had gotten used to the idea that he might not return.

Three rockets flew into the residential complex in Bucha, where he lived before the war. Konstantin’s apartment miraculously survived, but he doubts that he will ever be able to live in Bucha again:

“I saw so many deaths there… What you saw after the occupation, I saw during the occupation. I saw people being killed walking down the street.”

Two months later, Konstantin himself needed to be saved. On May 20, the day before the end of his stay in Ukraine, Konstantin came to the immigration office to extend it. But he was told that on 9 January a decision had been made to refuse to renew his refugee protection papers.

Upon learning of this, Igor Poklad and his wife Svetlana decided to make this story public. Many famous people join the defense of Konstantin, including Olga Sumskaya.

Thanks to the intervention of the public, the case of Konstantin was agreed to be reconsidered. The hero hopes that the decision will be made in his favor:

“I have a volunteer staff of 37 people, I just can’t leave them. I just can’t leave Ukraine before the victory!”

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