Сова Іван Васильович (19.01.1976 – 5.09.2014)

Ivan Sova was born on January 19, 1976, in the village of Bryhadivka, Radyvyliv Raion of Rivne Oblast.  He was the second child in the family. His mother worked in a kindergarten as a laundry master, and his father was an operator at a local farm. In 1980, the family moved to live in a newly built house in the nearby village of Zarichne. Since 1983 Ivan studied in Kozyn Secondary School and starting from the 4th class in Kozyn Music School in accordion class. From 1991 to 1995 Ivan studied at Rivne Music College. After graduation, he served in the Army in the town of Shepetivka, Khmelnytskyi Oblast. Ivan received a military specialty as a grenade launcher gunner.  After returning from the army he got married, lived and worked as a Music Teacher in the town of Zdolbuniv.   In 2000, Ivan returned home to the village of Zarichne. Together with his brother, he took part in the Orange Revolution of 2004.

After the annexation of the Crimea, he enlisted as a volunteer. On September 8, Ivan was sent to a training ground in the town of Yavoriv, Lviv Oblast. Ivan lacked two fingers on the hand, that is why he did not pass medical commission, but he categorically refused to return home.

On September 28, 2014, the 80th Aeromobile Brigade, in which Ivan Sova served as a grenade launcher gunner, was sent to the East. On September 30 the Brigade located not far from the city of Luhansk near the city of Donetsk, where they got fired for the first time. The last time he called his mom was on September 5 at 5.30 am: 12 hours later at 17.30 Ivan died in a battle when a brigade of 97 soldiers in six armored transport vehicle and two tanks decided to escape from the encirclement.

According to the Presidential Executive Order №282/2015 on May 23, 2015, Ivan was posthumously decorated with the Third Class Order For Bravery “for personal courage and high professionalism demonstrated in the protection of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine and loyalty to the military oath”.