From Local Public Office to Battlefield: Ukraine’s Unsung Heroes

From Local Public Office to Battlefield: Ukraine’s Unsung Heroes

Voices of Ukraine

By Roman Bochkala, journalist at “Inter” TV channel.
05.24.2014
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine.

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With this guy we talked briefly and rather interruptedly. From our first words it became clear to me–this is a young man who is well-read, well-educated; a true patriot. But I could not get his name. He just told me that he was from Chernihiv Oblast [region].

And what does he do for work–he’s the head of his village. They elected him at 24 years of age. The second youngest in this position in all of Ukraine. And in March he was mobilized. The only one out of the whole village. Now he’s a sniper.

He was among the intelligence scouts near Sloviansk. On the front edge so to speak … He participated in contact fighting many times. He grappled with them in hand-to-hand combat … where he was yesterday, he is no…

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