STORY: Speaking about her experience, 23 year-old Oksana recalls how her husband watched her as the mine exploded.
Vasyliv, who was walking behind her, was unhurt but says Oksana coordinated her own rescue efforts.
After a month long stay in various hospitals, both of Oksana’s legs were amputated along with four fingers on her left hand.
She said she spent many of those days in a dark place not wanting to live and be burden on her family.
The two children – a 7-year-old son and 5-year-old daughter – are now safe with their grandparents in the Poltava region in central Ukraine.
After the wedding, the couple are hoping to travel to Germany where Balandina will get proper prosthetic legs and undergo much-needed rehabilitation.
And for Vasyliv, he’s grateful for each day that he shares with his new wife.
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs called Ukraine the most mine-contaminated countries in the world.