Ukrainian nurse dances for first time at wedding after losing legs to Russian landmine – World News

Oksana, 23, a nurse from the eastern Ukraine city of Lysychansk, lost both her legs when a land mine exploded beneath her and is now being filmed dancing with her new husband Victor

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Ukrainian bride lost both legs to Russian mine at first wedding dance

A Ukrainian nurse was filmed dancing with her new husband weeks after losing her legs in a horrific landmine blast.

Oksana, 23, is seen having her first dance with groom Victor after they wed in a small infirmary, with guests watching and applauding.

The bride lost her legs and four fingers on her left hand after a mine exploded beneath her in the eastern city of Lysychansk on March 27.

The Lviv Medical Association said she was driving home with Victor on a “known route” and turned to warn her future husband when the mine went off.

While Victor was unharmed, Oksana was seriously injured and required four surgeries before being taken to Dnipro, where her wounds continued to recover.

Oksana, 23, has her first dance with groom Victor

Oksana lost her legs to a Russian landmine

She was preparing to have a prosthetic leg made, and a week ago the couple was evacuated to Lviv.

“Life should not be postponed until later, decided Oksana and Victor, who in six years together never found time for marriage,” said the association.

With all the suffering that has befallen the country since the Russian invasion on February 24, the video has touched the hearts of many Ukrainians as a demonstration of their resistance.

The Ukrainian parliament shared the news of the wedding on its Twitter feed.

It read: “A very special love story.

“A nurse from Lysychansk who lost both her legs on a Russian mine got married in Lviv. On March 27, Victor and Oksana were returning home when a Russian mine exploded. The man was not injured, but Oksana’s…legs were ripped off in the blast.”

Oksana was seriously injured when she warned Victor about the danger

Oksana has had four surgeries and is recovering from the blast

It continues: “The couple got married in a hospital in Lviv, where the woman is preparing for a prosthetic operation.

“We wish the young couple happiness and many years together.”

It comes as Boris Johnson is set to celebrate Ukrainians’ resistance in the face of brutal Russian invasion as their “finest hour” as he addresses the country’s parliament.

Via video link, the prime minister will give details of a new £300m military support package for the government in Kyiv in a speech before the Verkhovna Rada on Tuesday.

It follows Mr Johnson’s unannounced visit to the Ukrainian capital last month in a show of support and solidarity with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

Oksana is being prepared for leg prostheses

In his address, the Prime Minister will repeat Winston Churchill’s words to the British people during the Second World War, as did Mr Zelensky when he addressed Westminster Parliament in March.

“When my country faced the threat of invasion during the Second World War, our Parliament, like yours, continued to meet throughout the conflict and the British people showed such unity and determination that we remember our time of greatest danger as our finest hour ,” Mr Johnson is expected to say.

“This is Ukraine’s finest hour, an epic chapter in your national history that will be remembered and told for generations to come.

“Their children and grandchildren will say that Ukrainians taught the world that the brute force of an attacker counts for nothing against the moral might of a people determined to be free.”

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