r/ukraine • u/Ukrainer_UA • 14h ago
Heroes 4:52 EEST; The Sun is Rising Over Kyiv on the 463rd Day of the Full-Scale Invasion. This is part four in our series about the ideas, values and dreams of fallen defenders of Ukraine. These are the words of the Heavenly Regiment. + Discussion + Charities
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The below is another selection from an article we published recently. You can find earlier selections here:
Part I | Part II | Part III
The Words of the Heavenly Regiment, Part 4
Our defenders sometimes seem to do something beyond human capabilities, so skillfully liberating the lands from the Russian invaders, who greatly outnumber us in terms of resources. Ukrainians rejoice at every victory, at the same time remembering what a huge price they pay. Every life of those who died defending the freedom and independence of Ukraine is priceless, worthy of eternal memory and honor.
The modern Russian-Ukrainian war began 8 years ago and has already claimed many lives of soldiers loyal to our country. First, the Heavenly Hundred appeared on the Independence Square, and now it is the Heavenly Regiment. We will always remember their courage to defend Ukraine's independence thanks to their ideas, values and dreams that continue to live on in their words.
We include below a selection of quotes from the Heavenly Regiment. Their words guide us to understand where we are going, and why, and what we are fighting for, with the invaders.
Combat Medic | Military Chaplain | ATO Veteran | "Cyborg"
An evangelical Baptist Christian who served as a chaplain and combat medic in the Russo-Ukrainian war since 2014; in particular, he participated in the defense of the Donetsk airport as one of the famous "Cyborgs". After the start of a full-scale invasion, he again went to the front, where he saved the lives of soldiers.
Died in August in the Kherson region from a direct hit by a large-caliber Russian mortar in the dugout, where he was providing emergency aid to the wounded. According to his comrades, Oleh covered four of his fellow fighters with his body and thus saved them.
"'Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.' (John 15:13). And we fulfill this commandment before God, essentially. We lay down our souls for those who are close to us: for our comrades here, for our families there, for the whole country."
Military serviceman | Musician | Activist
Roman grew up in a Ukrainian-speaking family in Odesa. Since childhood, he was engaged in music and dancing. He went to the front for the first time in 2016. He was not eligible for the draft due to poor eyesight, but hid it to defend his country - he fought first in the volunteer army and then in the marines. Every free minute, even in the trenches, he tried to improve his musical skills - he was a violinist.
He died on August 20th. Less than three months before his death, he lost his father, who also fought against the Russians.
[What made you fight?] "Reluctance for Ukrainian children to see the war, to see this horror. This is the main thing. Every man, when his country is attacked by another country, must go and defend his country, his land and his people."
Military serviceman | Entrepreneur
He was born in Poltava region. Since August of 2014, he defended Ukraine as part of Aidar [Ed. note - 24th Separate Assault Battalion "Aidar"]. A few years ago, he resigned from the service and opened a vehicle service station. He wanted to build a garage to repair army equipment and build a buggy (an open-wheel vehicle suitable for driving off-road) to safely transport the wounded from the battlefield. After February 24th, the sergeant of the Armed Forces in the reserve picked up a weapon again.
Died on August 18th, defending the country in the Kharkiv region.
"Everything will be Ukraine! Everyone should realize this. This is our future, which we will defend to the last drop of blood. From Lviv to Luhansk. From Chernihiv to Sevastopol. The nation woke up. We pay a terribly high price for our freedom, but everything will end with the prophetic words of the Kobzar [Taras Shevchenko]:
And on renewed earth,
There will be no enemy, no adversary,
But there will be a son and there will be a mother,
And there will be people on the land."
Historian | Deputy | Military Officer
Vyacheslav Zaitsev was the head of the information and publishing department of the Khortytsia National Reserve, a two-term member of the Zaporizhzhia City Council. Participant of the ATO [Ed. note - "Anti-Terrorist Operation Zone": the area of Ukraine where defense against the first phase of the Russian invasion has occurred since 2014] since March 2014, and a defender of Donetsk airport. He was wounded twice. For his military merits, he was awarded the state awarded order "For Courage" of the third degree.
From the first day of the full-scale invasion, Vyacheslav Zaitsev again joined the ranks of the Armed Forces.
Died in October, in the Donetsk region.
"Putin's cronies offer us 'peace' on their terms. If we agree, we would define ourselves as worthless. We will never, never give up. Only freedom. Yes, maybe this sounds a bit ardent. But there is no other option. Either they [kill] us, or we [kill] them - there will be no second chance."
Biologist | Public Activist
Born in Tajikistan, he moved to Ukraine with his family at the age of six. He studied at the Department of Biology at the National University "Kyiv-Mohyla Academy", defended his PhD thesis. He was an active participant in the Revolution of Dignity, in 2014 he fought as part of the Aidar volunteer battalion. In two years, he became the co-founder and chief biologist of the biotechnology company Ukrainian Genetic Technologies.
After the start of a full-scale invasion, he returned to the front.
Since April 2022, he was considered missing. On February 6, 2023, his death was confirmed.
"Civilization spreads through wars with barbarians. Only war is the sufficiently sharp form of competition that reveals all the merits and demerits of a community. Tests it for viability. The barbarian tribes either learn from their own defeats and rise to the level of civilization, or they are ground to dust in this struggle. Russians, as the experience of the last decade shows, do not learn anything."
Journalist | Writer | Restaurateur
He worked as a journalist in Odesa and ran a writing blog. In addition, he studied winemaking and later began working as a sommelier and wine consultant. Became a restaurateur.
From the first days of the full-scale invasion, he defended the country in the ranks of the Territorial Defense.
Died on January 23rd, 2023 in the Kherson region.
"About important things. This victory will belong to the volunteers. First of all, them. Then to all of us. Write to everyone on the front lines. More and more often. Even when they don't answer. Do not doubt the victory. She is on her way. Believe me."
Author: Daryna Mudrak | Editor-in-chief: Nataliya Ponedilok | Editor: Kateryna Lehka | Photo Editor: Yuriy Stefanyak | Content Manager: Anastasiia Zhokhova
The 463rd day of a nine year invasion that has been going on for centuries.
One day closer to victory.
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- Come Back Alive: This NGO crowdfunds non-lethal military equipment, such as thermal vision scopes & supplies it to the front lines. It also provides training for Ukrainian soldiers, as well as researching troops’ needs and social reintegration of veterans.
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- Hospitallers: This is a medical battalion that unites volunteer paramedics and doctors to save the lives of soldiers on the frontline. They crowdfund their vehicle repairs, fuel, and medical equipment.
- Humanity: Co-founded by u/kilderov, Humanity is a small team of volunteers securing and distributing humanitarian aid to the most vulnerable populations in temporarily occupied Kherson Oblast. Kilderov and his friends were under occupation in Nova Kakhovka in 2022.
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