Taras Pronchuk (08.06.1997 – 02.16.2017)

Taraschuk (a code name “Liudoiid”) was born on August 6, 1997, in the village of Khotyn, Rivne Raion, Rivne Oblast. From the 5th to 9th forms, he studied at Gorodok Comprehensive School. Then he entered Rivne Technical School of the National University of Water and Environmental Management, which he finished in 2015 obtaining the qualification of an electric and gas welder.

Taras was drafted into the Armed Forces of Ukraine in November 2015. The senior seaman served as a machine gunner in the Battalion of the Naval Infantry.

On February 16, 2017, Taras Pronchuk died from an enemy’s bullet in the Zone of the Anti-Terrorist Operation in Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts performing combat missions on the protection of independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine. He left a mother and three brothers.

Taras was buried in the village of Khotyn, Rivne Raion.

According to the Presidential Executive Order №104/2017 on April 10, 2017, a junior sergeant Taras Pronchuk was posthumously decorated with the Third Class Order For Bravery “for personal courage demonstrated in the protection of sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine and the self-sacrificing performance of the military service”.… Читати далі

Oleksandr Yukhymchuk (30.01.1973 – 24.01.2015)

Юхимчук Олександр Володимирович
(30.01.1973 -24.01.2015)

Yukhimchuk Olexander Vladimirovich was born in 1973 in the village Povchyne Novohrad-Volynskyi raion Zhytomyrska oblast. He have lived in Rivne for the last 20 years. Before the recruitment, he worked as a driver at the  Emergency Station in Rivne. In March 2014, he was recruited to the Ukrainian Armed Forces, from the spring he was in the ATO zone. He served in the 30th separate mechanized guard brigade with a permanent place in Novograd-Volynskyi. Oleksandr stood at the checkpoints, repaired the equipment. The shy man: he never asked for holidays to visit his relatives, never been on rotation. Olexander died on January 24, 2015. Doctors suggest that the fighter died of acute coronary insufficiency. He left a widow and an 18-year-old daughter. The soldier was buried in his native village Povchyne Novohrad-Volynskyi raion Zhytomyrska oblast. According to the decision of the Rivne City Council №5756 from September 17, 2015, Yukhymchuk Oleksandr was awarded the title «Honorary Citizen of the Rivne city».… Читати далі

Ivan Zhukov (10.04.1968 – 23.05.2018)

Ivan Vsevolodovych Zhukov (code name “Zhuk”) was born in 1968. He was at the war since 2015. Ivan was a volunteer of the UVA (Ukrainian Volunteer Army led by Dmytro Yarosh), UTC (United Territorial Community) “Volyn” of a volunteer subdivision still not legalized by the Ukrainian Volunteer Army. Therefore, the fact of the death of the volunteer was not even included in the daily report of the local newspaper.

He was at the war since 2015.

He was killed on May 23, 2018.

For personal courage, the Ukrainian defender was awarded a medal “For military merit”.… Читати далі

Mykhailo Tymoshchuk (Professor) (08.08.1987-13.08.2014)

Тимощук Михайло Петрович (Професор) (13.08.1987-13.08.2014)

Mykhailo Tymoshchuk was born in Rivne on August 13, 1987, and in 1996, he moved to Berehovo in the Transcarpathian region, where his mother lived. He came from a mixed Ukrainian-Hungarian family. He studied at secondary school №5 in Berehovo, and then continued studying at the Ferenc Rakoczi II Transcarpathian Hungarian Institute, specializing in History and Geography (from 2005 till 2009). In 2010, he got a diploma of teacher of History.

In 2012, he went into Ukrainian services under contract. He was a senior soldier, senior mechanic driver of the 128th mechanized brigade, military unit A1556, with the nickname “Professor”.

He was killed on the day of his birth during the firing of the “Grad” brigade units in the area of the village Novohannivka (Krasnodon district) in Luhansk region.

Mykhailo was buried on August 17, 2014 in Berehovo.

He was awarded the Order “For Courage” of the III degree By the Decree of the President of Ukraine of March 14, 2015, № 144/2015 “for personal courage and heroism, found in the defence of state sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine”.… Читати далі

Maksym Turyk (11.4.1981 – 7.7.2016)

Maksym Turyk was born on November 4, 1981. Maksym was called up for military service during the partial mobilization by the Volodymyretsk Joint Raion Military Commissariat on March 14, 2015. Being the serviceman of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, he participated in the Anti-Terrorist Operation and defended the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.

Maksym served in ATO Zone on the territory of Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts. In March 2016, after a mandatory year of service due to mobilization, he signed a short-term six-month contract.

On July 2, 2016, Maksym Turyk was hospitalized in Kharkiv Military Hospital, where he died on July 7.

The serviceman was buried at Starorafalivskyi Cemetery.

He left his mother and a sister.… Читати далі

Oleksandr Sulitskyi (06.19.1979 – 08.09.2014)

Суліцький Олександр Сергійович
(19.06.1979 – 09.08.2014)

Oleksandr Sulitskyi  was born on June 6, 1979, in the town of Zdolbuniv, studied and lived in the town of Kvasyliv. He graduated from Special Vocational Training School №16 and got a specialty of a vehicle mechanic. In 1997 he was conscripted to the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Oleksandr began his labor activity in 2000 at the Open Joint-Stock Company «Rivneholovpostach» as a 5-th category mechanic of rental vehicles.  From 2001 to 2014, he worked at different enterprises.

From May 20, 2014, according to the Presidential Executive Order №454/2014 on May 6, 2014, on partial mobilization, Oleksandr was called up for military service to the Armed Forces of Ukraine. After the battle adjustment on the training range, Oleksandr served in Horyn Battalion, took part in the battle actions within Anti-Terrorist Operation defending State sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine.

He died on August 9, 2014, while performing combat tasks. Oleksandr left a 13-year-old daughter.… Читати далі

Andrii Melnyk (12.03.1979 – 01.29.2015)

Мельник Андрій Іванович ( 3.12.1979 – 29.01.2015)

Andrii Melnyk was born on December 3, 1979, in the village of Oleksandriia in a family of workers. He had an older brother and a sister. Andrii was growing up as a sociable and non-confrontational boy. From 1986 to 1997, he was studying in Oleksandriia Comprehensive School.  Before joining the army, he worked as a tractor driver at a local collective farm. After serving in the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Andrii worked in different spheres of production. He got married and had a daughter. On September 28, 2014, Andrii was mobilized into the Armed Forces.

In the Zone of the Anti-Terrorist Operation Andrii held the rank of a senior sergeant. Moreover, he was a driver mechanic of the 13th Mechanized Infantry Battalion in the 1st Tank Brigade (previously the 13th Battalion of Territory Protection (BTP) Chernihiv – 1). His old tank, which had no interior communication, Andrii named “Maliusinkyi” (“Tiny”). The comrades called Andrii “The American” because of his military uniform from the USA.… Читати далі

Leonid D. Herasymchuk


A new heroic milestone began in the biography of Leonid Herasymchuk with the onset of hostilities in the east of Ukraine. In the summer of 2014, he was sent to the ATO zone as a member of mine clearance group, where he had to taste a bitter cup of war. At that time the army was only learning to fight. A group of Dubno sappers, including Leonid Herasymchuk, was attached to the airborne assault brigade and together they went through the flash points of the war. Leonid participated in the hottest battles. He stormed Savur Mohyla hill and raided in the rear of Russian occupation troops in the Donbass. Later a movie about this legendary raid in the enemy’s rear was filmed. While the raid, Leonid was seriously injured in the neck near the suburbs of Stepanivka and Miusinsk, where bitter hostilities were held.… Читати далі

Oleksandr Boiko (15.01.1977 – 12.02.2015)

Boyko Oleksandr V. was born on January 15, 1977 in the village of Klevan, Rivne region in the family of workers. He graduated from Klevan secondary school #2. Since childhood he was interested in technology and photography.

He worked at the following enterprises: Klevan Woodworking plant, Zorya Greenhouses, State Forestry and TOV “Color S.I.M”. He worked as a specialist of measuring instruments and automation.

He was mobilized to the UAF in August 2014. He served in the 93rd Brigade. Sergeant, the senior gunner of the 4th mortar crew of mortar batteries.

On February 12, 2015, during a mortar shelling by illegal armed forces near the village of Vodyane, Yasinuvatsky district in Donetsk region, he received a fragmented wound and died. The hero’s wife, son and daughter now have to live without him.

On 18 February he was buried in the local cemetery of his native village.

By Decree of the President of Ukraine No. 282/2015 of May 23, 2015, “For personal courage and high professionalism, revealed in the protection of state sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, loyalty to military oath,” Oleksandr Boiko was awarded the Order “For Courage” of the III degree (posthumously).… Читати далі

Oleksii Bohuslavski (18.07.1980 – 16.06.2015)

Bohuslavski Oleksii Ihorovych was born on 18 July 1980 in the city of Penza, the Russian Federation. He started his military career in the Armed Forces of Ukraine in 1997 and served on different positions. He graduated from Military Institute of Telecommunications and Information Technologies in 1997.

Although superior officer of administrative department of OC West (Operational Command West) of Ukrainian Armed Forces was born in Russia, he had lived his entire life in Ukraine and considered it to be his native land. Oleksii defended his Motherland from Russian occupants in the ATO zone for 100 days. As a major, he had performed different combat assignments for a long time until he caught a severe form of pneumonia. Long-term treatment did not help, and on 16 June 2015 he died in the military hospital of Lviv. His wife and two children had to live on without their father and husband. On 17 June he was buried at the Alley of Heroes, “Nove” Cemetery of the city.… Читати далі