In the midst of fierce shelling by Russian forces, a 15-year-old drove several people who had been injured out of the frontline town of Popasna in Luhansk.
During the journey, the car was shot at and she was wounded in the legs, but she kept driving.
The girl's first name is Anastasia; as she is a minor CNN is not giving her full name. One of her teachers confirmed her identity to CNN.
Not only did Anastasia have to drive through a battlefield; there were mines and bodies on the road out of the town, which was on the verge of falling to Russian forces.
She was among the last civilians to try to escape Popasna, much of which has been destroyed in weeks of fighting.
Anastasia said she wanted to help evacuate two men who had been wounded. Two other people were also in the car.
“And I had to get behind the wheel and drive to Bakhmut,” she said — a journey of some 20 miles through countryside that is often under fire by Russian artillery and planes.
She had driven before; her deceased mother had taught her, she said. But it was hardly any preparation for the escape from the hellish situation in Popasna.
“We have a bridge, then you go down, and then up. And there were mines there in a checkerboard pattern. There was no way to get through,” she said.
“But I somehow drove through. Further along there was the corpse of a woman,” she said in an interview conducted in by the Lviv hospital and provided to CNN.
Anastasia added, “And then there was a turn to the right and we were fired upon, my feet [were hit]. There was almost nothing I could do, the car stalled.”
“When they started shooting, the car stopped and they fired. Then I started the car and we drove on again," she said.
The car staggered forward a short distance but then stalled again because the battery had been shot through by a bullet.
The teenl and the other occupants of the car were picked up by the Ukrainian military and taken to the hospital in Bakhmut.
She said she had two bullet wounds to her knee and foot.