Шолудько Олександр Михайлович
(16.06.1988 – 20.10.2015)

Oleksandr was born on June 16, 1988, in the village of Uizdtsi of Zdolbuniv Raion, Rivne Oblast. Oleksandr was called up to the ranks of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on March 10, 2015. He served in the 24th Separate Mechanized Brigade. On October 12, 2015, Oleksandr was blown up on a mini-trip wire while performing combat tasks in the area of the 29th Block Post of Luhansk Oblast.

On October 20, 2015, being still unconscious, Oleksandr died from the wounds in Kharkiv military hospital. He left his wife and a daughter.

According to the Presidential Executive Order № 9/2016 on January 16, 2016, Oleksandr was posthumously decorated with the Third Class Order For Bravery “for personal courage and high professionalism demonstrated in the protection of sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, loyalty to the military oath”.


«The sunny guy»
Sholudko Oleksandr died in Luhansk oblast, exploded on the tripwire.

During the unannounced war, Ukraine has already lost over 2,260 of the servicemen. And these days, the positions of our defenders are facing mortar attacks,  rocket-propelled grenades  and other types of weapons. The war continues and breaks life of people who love and protect own country. Our moral duty is to leave alive in the memory the men and women who fell for us all. The Day continues to publish the history of the killed soldiers. Today we are talking about Sholudko Oleksandr, a soldier of the 24th separate mechanized brigade, a fighter of the Dmytro Koriak Special Forces Azov regiment and a soldier of the Bocharnikov Valerii 13th mechanized infantry battalion.

Sholudko Oleksandr became the thirteenth fighter in Zdolbunivskyi raion in Rivne oblast, who did not return from the ATO zone. And in his native village Uizdtsi he was the first who died in this war. The whole village  were mourning for him. The women who were at the funeral remember the sworn brothers, one of whom was biting own hand so that to not cry, the mothers who came to hold the soldier on their last journey, because their sons died there, and one more is the white hat of the Sholudko Oleksandr daughter.

He was summoned to the armed forces of Ukraine in March 2015. Sholudko Oleksandr served in the 24th individual mechanized brigade. In the area of ​​the 29th checkpoint in Lugansk, a warrior exploded  under a  trip wire and suffered from heavy injuries. As a result of the explosion, he broke his arm. In addition, the fighter lost a lot of blood. Sholudko Oleksandr was sent to hospital in Kharkiv in poor condition.

When the fellow villagers learned about the problem that happened with him, they began to raise help. Wife and sister went to the hospital where he was. Doctors tried to save the life of a fighter, but Sholudko Oleksandr died, and never came to mind. He was buried in front of his hometown – there is a cemetery there.

Oleksandr was a sunny man, but still calm and simple, – those who knew him say. He always worried about his family. Even being in the ATO zone, he cared about his relatives. Oleksandr sent them money to replace the windows in the house. And he really wanted the golden earrings would be given to his daughter on his behalf.

«For me, Sasha will always be a little boy,» his former classmate Hedziuk Liudmyla says. – Sasha was calm, well-balanced and well-educated. When we learned that he is dead, every teacher was crying. Then one of the teachers said that Sholudko Sasha had never offended anyone. And it’s true. And the teachers never quarreled on him – there was nothing for that. All of them were friends. And in general the class was friendly. I remember how before the graduation it became clear that Sasha had not been going to come. Then the classmates said that they would bring him. So, he finally got there. Sasha was hardworking, helped parents. One day he was not at school for a few days. When he came to class, I asked why. He lowered his head then and said that he earned money – he was plowing the fields . Sasha loved horses in general. And at school writings he wrote about it. When he graduated from school, he almost did not come there anymore. And one of the teachers said that she saw Sasha before going to the ATO zone. They met at the shuttle bus. Sasha called the teacher. He asked how it is going on, and then he said that he is going to Donbass… Now his school has his portrait. And my nowaday students who are studying in the same classroom, ask about Sholudko Oleksandr. They are interested at what desk he sat, what he was like. Children are proud that the hero studied in their school».

Tetiana Ilnytska, Rivne

Oleksandr Sholudko (06.16.1988 – 10.20.2015)