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Brutalised, broken, mended: inside Ukraine’s rehabilitation centre for wounded veterans

Tens of thousands have been badly hurt in the battle against Putin. For those with spinal injuries, one centre is offering a ‘small miracle’. Now that miracle needs to expand…

• Ukraine war latest

Dmytro Polovian laughed as one of his doctors tried to pot a ball but instead sent several ricocheting across the billiard cloth. Even playing from a wheelchair for the first time, Polovian looked set to win.

As the forests of western Ukraine darkened outside the window, for a brief moment the war seemed far away, the patient and medical team just another group of friends relaxing. But it was a carefully planned moment of happiness.

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