He fought for his life for seven years: the Hero of Ukraine, Lieutenant Colonel Oleksandr Petrakivsky, died

Alexander was seriously wounded during the battle on July 20, 2014 near the town of Happiness.Alexander Petrakovsky / photo of the social networkAlexander Petrakovsky / photo of the social network

The Hero of Ukraine and the Russian-Ukrainian War, Lieutenant Colonel Oleksandr Petrakivsky, who was seriously wounded in Donbass in 2014, has died .

This was announced on Facebook by the head of the Petro Sagaidachny Land Forces Academy Pavlo Tkachuk.

“After a long struggle for life, a graduate of the National Academy of Land Forces, Hero of Ukraine, Lieutenant Colonel Oleksandr Petrakivsky, passed away,” he wrote.

On July 20, 2014, a reconnaissance group under the command of Oleksandr, securing the passage of a column of ZSU equipment of the Aidar Volunteer Battalion to Luhansk Airport, found an ambush near the town of Shchastya and engaged in combat, which allowed the column to pass in reserve. During the battle, Alexander was severely wounded in the head, but continued to lead the group, taking the wounded to safety.photo by Pavlo Tkachuk / Facebookphoto by Pavlo Tkachuk / Facebook

By the Decree of the President of Ukraine of December 4, 2014 № 918/2014, the officer was awarded the highest award – the title of “Hero of Ukraine”.

After the injury, Alexander survived a coma, dozens of complex surgeries and long-term rehabilitation.

“For seven long years Sasha, his family and friends, dozens of benefactors and volunteers fought for the life of the Hero. For seven long years we all prayed for his speedy recovery and return to service. However, death took him away from us,” he wrote.

(C)UNIAN 2021


  1. It’s sad to say this as an American, but I feel like comparatively, Ukrainians have more patriotism for themselves and Ukraine, than Americans here for our country. I think this is one of several reasons I decided to look for a Ukrainian lady to marry, and maybe even to thinking of living in Ukraine. Many American girls in my local area are too immature, too demanding of “inclusivity” politics.

    • Welcome, Mac. I’m also an American and I’m in the process of moving my life to Ukraine. The country is far from perfect, but so is every other one too. One thing is a fact; Ukrainian women are generally very family-oriented. If this is for you, then go for it.

    • Yes, welcome Mac, it sounds like you’re doing the right thing and several of us here have done the same thing. You will find friends and wisdom here. I would suggest sticking to ladies from the west Ukraine and if you need sources you could use Elena’s Models .com even though a lot of it is in Russian language I believe they are still legitimate. Good luck!

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