Andrii Bielkin was born on July 2, 1977, in Alushta, the Autonomous Republic of Crimea. He was of Russian origin. Andrii dreamed of becoming a pilot since childhood. Thus, having finished school, he entered Kharkiv Institute of Ukrainian Air Forces.
After graduation, he obtained a specialization in flight operations and combat employment of aircraft. Starting from 2007, Andrii participated in the peace-support missions under the aegis of the United Nations in Liberia. He was a commander of a helicopter unit in a squadron of the 16th Independent Brigade of Military Air Forces of the 8th Army Corps of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the town of Brody. Andrii’s military decorations are Medal “15 Years of the Armed Forces of Ukraine”, “Third Class Good Conduct Medal”, UNO medal “UNMIL”. Andrii was a very equable and sensitive person and a true professional.
He died during the Anti-Terrorism Operation on June 24, 2014, near the mountain Karachun not far from the town of Sloviansk in Donetsk region. With man-portable air defense system, the terrorists shot down a Ukrainian military helicopter Mi-8 under the command of Bielkin on its way back from the checkpoint with the professionals installing the equipment for monitoring the space and tracing the cases of ceasefire violation on board.
The Commander of a helicopter unit Сolonel Andrii Bielkin was buried with the full honors on July, 5, in the town of Radyvyliv, Rivne region. His wife and three children (a son and two daughters) live in this town nowadays.
According to the Presidential Executive Order № 599/2014 on July 19, 2014, Andrii was posthumously awarded the “Bohdan Khmelnitskyi Third Class Order” for “valor and bravery, demonstrated during the protection of sovereignty and integrity of Ukraine.”