Viktor P. Novitskyi (04.14.1978 – 08.10.2014)

Viktor Novitskyi was born on April 14, 1978, in the village of Klymentiivka, Baranivka Raion. After finishing school, he graduated from a military lyceum, Service Academy in Odesa and Military Academy in Kyiv. Viktor lived with his wife and two children in Rivne.

He held a rank of lieutenant colonel of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and administrative officer of the operational command “North”. From the first days, he was in the hazardous Zone of the Anti-Terrorist Operation.

On September 10, 2014, during the removal through the temporarily controlled by pro-Russian fighters territory, the column of the military hardware was attacked by enemies from multiple artillery rocket system fighting machine FM-21 Grad. A contract soldier of the mechanized brigade got injured. Under heavy shellfire, Viktor Novitskyi managed to provide the wounded with emergency medical aid and dragged him to a safe place. However, the next shell ended the life of lieutenant colonel.

He was buried with military honors in the town of Baranivka.… Читати далі

Oleksandr Yukhymchuk (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

Mykhailo Tymoshchuk (Professor) (08.08.1987-13.08.2014)

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

Oleksii Bohuslavski (18.07.1980–16.06.2015)

Oleksii Bohuslavskyi was born on July18, 1980 in the city of Penza, Russia.

He started his military career in the Armed Forces of Ukraine in 1997 and served in various positions. He graduated from the Military Institute of Telecommunications and Information Technologies (Kyiv) in 1997.

Although the superior officer of the administrative department of Operational Command West (OC West) of the Armed Forces of Ukraine 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 Anti-Terrorist Operation Zone (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. On June 16, 2015 he died in the military hospital in the city 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

Oleksandr Andriiashev (08.25.1986 – 08.19.2017)

Oleksandr Andriiashev was born on September 25, 1986 in Rivne City.

He was an active participant of Revolution of Dignity and spent 5 months at the Euromaidan in Kyiv.

Right after the Maidan, Oleksandr was enlisted in Aidar Battalion as an “Afgan” company machine-gunner. He gained his battle experience right there as he had never served in the army before. On August 12, 2014 he went to the battlefield for the first time. Oleksandr fought in battles near Luhansk airport (Khriashchuvate, Novosvitlivka) where he was shell-shocked.

After one year he went out of the service. He became a volunteer and constantly was taking voluntary trips to the front line. Oleksandr was a head of NGO “Anti-Terrorism Operation (ATO), Ukrainian Military Organisation (UMO) and field action participants union of Rivne City”. He worked and studied at the same time. In 2016 Oleksandr graduated from National University of Water and Environmental Engineering. He was specialized in ecology.

Oleksandr drowned in the Dnipro River during Aidar Battalion Afgan company veterans’ time off in Hydropark in Kyiv on August 19, 2017.… Читати далі

Serhii Holubiev (‘Pigeon’) (01.24.1979 – 03.11.2017)

Serhii Holubiev (a code name “Pigeon”) was born on January 24, 1979, in the city of Rivne. He went to the front voluntarily in the summer of 2014. Serhii was wounded, but after the treatment, he returned to the front line. He performed the duties of a platoon commander of the 1st Assault Troop in the 24th Assault Battalion Aidar of the 53rd Mechanized Infantry Brigade. Serhii was an outstanding warrior, calm, balanced, one of the best. He was a reliable person who supported and taught his comrades. Serhii was a trustworthy friend, a loving father, and husband.

The soldier died on March 11, 2017, while performing military duties in the territory of Donetsk Oblast.

The requiem, where the body of the deceased was carried across the main street of the city, took place at the Cathedral of the Holy Resurrection.

The defender of Ukraine was buried on the Alley of Heroes at the New Cemetery.

Serhii left a wife and two small children.… Читати далі

Oleksandr Vasiuk (08.29.1965-08.28.2016)

Oleksandr Vasiuk was born on August 29, 1965.  He joined the army as a volunteer, and in July 2015, he was mobilized.  After a month of training at the Yavoriv military training ground, Oleksandr served in the 54th independent mechanized brigade. He held the military rank of a senior soldier.

As a result of shelling in the ATO near the town of Bahmut, Donetsk Region, on August 19, 2016, Oleksandr was wounded and taken to the hospital in the city of Dnipro with the burns of over 70 % of his body.  Oleksandr was in a critical condition but remained conscious. He died on the eve of his 51st birthday on August 28, in the Dnipro Burn and Plastic Surgery Centre. The deceased had a wife and a son – a student Volodymyr.

The hero was paid last respects in the hall of the municipal community center and in the Cathedral of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin.

Due to his family’s decision, Oleksandr Vasiuk was buried in the neighborhood “Tynne” of the city of Rivne.… Читати далі

Mykola Kuliba (“Batia”/ “Diadia (Uncle) Kolia”) (12.27.1960 – 05.23.2016)

Mykola Kuliba was born on December 27, 1960, in the village of Sribne, Radyvyliv Raion, Rivne Oblast.

He was the youngest child in the family. Before taking part in the war, Mykola was a police captain. Moreover, he worked on various construction sites of the Ukrainian DIY hypermarkets “Epicenter” as well as was a storekeeper in the cities of Rivne and Lutsk.

Mykola Kuliba (a code name “Diadia (Uncle) Kolia”) previously participated in the Nahirnyi Karabakh War. After the outbreak of war between Russia and Ukraine, he joined the army as a volunteer in order to defend Ukraine. He was a master sergeant and a squad leader of the 24th Assault Battalion Aidar.

Mykola died on May 23, 2016, near the village of Taramchuk, Mariinka Raion, Donetsk Oblast. A car driven by Mykola to the area of the enemy drone crash landing was blown up by an anti-tank mine. He was 55 years old.

Mykola was buried in the village of Sribne, Radyvyliv Raion, Rivne Oblast.… Читати далі

Mykola Hordiichuk (26.05.1986–22.07.2015)

Mykola Hordiichuk was born on May 26, 1986, in the family of a serviceman in the city of Rivne. A year later, his family moved to the city of Kamianets-Podilskyi and since then he had lived there. Mykola was a junior police sergeant and a policeman of the battalion of the special-purpose Harpoon of the Ukrainian Police Headquarters in Kyiv Region. He had been a member of the Ukrainian National Scout Organization Plast since 1993. He was a senior scout and since 2009, an instructor of the military-patriotic camp “Legion-12”.

Mykola graduated from Kamianets-Podilskyi National Ivan Ohienko University with a degree in psychology. Mykola Hordiichuk was a member of a team of the Club of the Funny and Inventive People “Nash Format”. Moreover, he hosted a youth program “The Cadres’ Show”. Mykola was a founder and a leading singer of the band “Svoieridne” and later of the band “The DenDi”. He was a famous showman in the city of Kamianets-Podilskyi.

Furthermore, Mykola was an active participant in the Revolution of Dignity as a part of the 15th Sotnia of the Maidan Self-defense “Free People”.… Читати далі

Yurii Tsisaruk (03.12.1974 – 07.13.2015)

Yurii was born on March 12, 1974, in the town of Iziaslav, Khmelnytskyi Oblast. He finished Iziaslav Secondary School №1.

Yurii Tsisaruk started his service in the Armed Forces of Ukraine in 1992. During this time he occupied various posts from the commander and to the chief of intelligence management of rocket troops and artillery at The West Operational Command. During recent years, the officer served in Rivne Oblast.

In the ATO Zone, Yurii was a chief of intelligence management of rocket troops and artillery of The West Operational Command. For the period from July 2014 to July 2015, Yurii took part in the battle actions.

On July 12, 2015, while performing combat tasks in the ATO Zone Yurii, together with another serviceman, while covering their fellows, were blown up on the trip wire near the village of Novotoshkivske, Luhansk Oblast. He died from the injuries.

Yurii left his wife and a 15-year old son.

Yurii was buried in the town of Iziaslav, Khmelnytskyi Oblast, in the place where he was born.… Читати далі