Thursday, May 29, a helicopter carrying soldiers of the National Guard of Ukraine was shot down by terrorists. Among the dead was Major-General Serhiy Kulchytsky, head of combat and special training of the National Guard of Ukraine.
Yevhen Ivanenko, one of the volunteer soldiers in the first reserve battalion of the National Guard, shared his memories of the General with Espreso TV.
“This was a man who made enormous contributions to the organization of the National Guard, especially the organization of the first battalion of the National Guard Reserve Force, where we are. He was the first one to come here to this checkpoint and organize everything here,” he said.
Ivanenko said that all the soldiers really respected Kulchytsky and still find the loss hard to believe.
“We still can’t believe this information. He came here several times and greeted each person and discussed all the issues that we had,” he said.
Kulchytsky’s friend Yuriy Kasyanov posted recent photos of the General on his Facebook page.
“Why was he in this wretched helicopter?” Kasyanov asked. “Because he always flew or drove to be with his soldiers. He did not sit on his laurels. In armor, on an armed personnel carrier, or in the open doorway of a helicopter with weapons in his hands, he defended Ukraine. And he did it very well. He did it honestly. I was fortunate to know this person,” he wrote.
As previously reported, on Thursday, May 29, at 12:30, near Slovyansk, after unloading food and dropping off the next shift for the rotation of personnel at the fifth checkpoint, the MI-8 helicopter of the National Guard of Ukraine, while on its way back, came under fire originating in the strip of forest and was shot down.
According to the National Guard, 12 men were killed — 6 soldiers of the National Guard of Ukraine, including the helicopter crew, and six members of the special forces of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine. One soldier of the National Guard survived and is in critical condition.
Translation: Anna Mostovych
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