One of the participants in the battle for Stalingrad, Ivan Zaluzhny, died in Zaporozhye. In May of this year, the World War II veteran turned 103.
The death of Ivan Zaluzhny was reported in the Zaporozhye regional state administration.
In 2014, his only grandson died in the ATO zone. Volunteer of the National Guard Ivan Gutnik-Zaluzhny died a heroic death near Amvrosievka Donetsk region. 50 colleagues, whom he saved, owe their lives to him.
Ivan Zaluzhny strongly supported the ATO fighters and kept in touch with his grandson’s fellow soldiers.
In 2015, the Zaporozhye veteran became a symbol of the Victory Day and the Day of Remembrance and Reconciliation. Zaluzhny starred in a social video, telling a story about a grandson who served in the ATO.
In 2017, Ivan Zaluzhny became the face of the information campaign for the Day of Remembrance and Reconciliation, and in June 2018 he was awarded the Order For Courage, III degree. He was awarded for his personal courage and dedication shown during the Second World War, a significant contribution to the development of the veteran movement and the patriotic education of young people.