Ivan Horodniuk (05.02.1984 – 02.20.2014)

Ivan Horodniuk was born on June 2, 1984, in the town of Berezne, Rivne Oblast. He spent his youth being involved in the community service. He was a member of the Ukrainian Youth Union and the Youth National Congress. Ivan organized artistic events and participated on numerous occasions. Shortly afterward, he joined the political life of the region. Ivan was a permanent member of the election commissions and an observer. He spent last years of his life as a member of the non-governmental organization The Association of the Search of War Victims ‘Memory’, took part in the exhumation of the dead Ukrainian Insurgent Army soldiers and the military reconstruction.

Ivan was a creative person. He ran a modern dance club of Berezne Community Center, held aerobics and break dance classes. Furthermore, he conducted his own business.

Since the first days of Euromaidan, Ivan Horodniuk participated in it under the pseudonym “Mesnyk” (“Avenger”). He entered The Volyn Sotnia straightaway. He was its active combatant, a rifleman of The Svoboda Sotnia (“Freedom”).… Читати далі

Valerii Opanasiuk (05.20.1971 – 02.20.2014)

Valerii Opanasiuk was born on May 20, 1971, in the village of Diuksyn, Kostopil Raion, Rivne Oblast.

He lived in Rivne. Valerii worked as an automobile mechanic.

In winter of 2013-2014, he stayed at Maidan Nezalezhnosti in Kyiv where he was an active participant in the Revolution of Dignity. Many citizens from Rivne who were staying at Maidan knew him. All day long he was on duty on the barricades and helped the activists-newcomers. Those who knew Valerii well tell that he had a sharpened sense of justice. He never paid attention to material benefits and always helped those in need. When a misfortune happened, Valerii was the first who was giving a helping hand. Moreover, he couldn’t hold a grudge for a long time, and he was not afraid of telling the truth.

On February 20, 2014, Valerii died as the result of a gunshot wound. A sniper’s bullet hit his heart when Valerii was dragging his injured fellows out of the firing range.… Читати далі

Heorhii Arutiunian (07.04.1960-02.20.2014)

Heorhii Arutiunian was born on July 4, 1960, in the city of Batumi, the Georgian Autonomous Republic of Adzhar. He was formerly a citizen of Georgia. Heorhii lived in Rivne, where, at first, he obtained a residence permit and then the Ukrainian citizenship. He earned his living doing seasonal work abroad. He was actively engaged in community work. Being the All-Ukrainian Union “Svoboda” activist, Heorhii Arutiunian worked in the party tent for several years. He was an active participant of its agitation campaign and constantly visited all-Ukrainian patriotic events.

Though he was of an Armenian origin, he really loved Ukraine, its culture and history. He became a true patriot of his new Motherland and felt the pain of his new country. He was concerned about its destiny, supported it in its struggle for independence, wished it would have better future. Heorhii took an active civic stance and could not put up with disenfranchisement and social injustice. He was ready to sacrifice his life for Ukraine.… Читати далі

Oleksandr Khrapachenko (9.18.1987 – 02.20.2014)

Khrapachenko Oleksandr Volodymyrovych was born on September 18, 1987 in Rivne. He graduated from secondary school № 19, Rivne. In 2004, Alexander entered to Rivne State University for the Humanities at the Faculty of Arts and Pedagogy, the Department of theatre directing, the specialty – a drama theatre director. In 2010 he graduated from RSUH with an educational degree of bachelor. While studying at the University, Oleksandr was the brightest student of the whole faculty, playing in many of the students’ directorial work. Oleksandr was generously endowed with directing skills. He has made not one theatrical production. The Director’s work of Oleksandr: A. P. Chekhov “The Bear” , S. Mrozhek “Strip”; acting A. Salynskyi “Today I become a woman,” A. Slapovskyi “From red rat to green star”, Sofokl “Ismena” etc., Oleksandr starred in the movie “Resurrection”, in which he played the role of a soldier returning home from war.

Oleksandr Khrapachenko was the leading actor of the theatre of free plastic “Apple”, acting at the department of theatre directing.… Читати далі