Rapid Response

June 02, 2016

Death of a soldier from 58th Brigade

Death of a soldier from 58th Brigade

Fierce fighting in the area around Zaitseve has claimed the life of another Ukrainian warrior. Killed was a good man and father. He has left behind three children and a pregnant wife…

Vasyl Fitskalynets from Transcarpathia was only 41. At the front he worked as an instructor at the Yavoriv military training ground.

We learned about this tragedy almost immediately. After long deliberations about whether to publish the story and after consulting with the commander of the unit we decided to run the story with some conditions. Why? Because Vasyl represents a situation that should happen in the aftermath of the Minsk-brokered cease fire agreements. By naming Vasyl he becomes more than just a number he is a human face to a war where too many nameless and faceless Ukrainian lives are being lost. His comrades in the brigade asked we keep details to a bare minimum. We can say about 23.00 on May 31, Vasyl came under fire from a Russian terrorist sniper. Vasyl was wounded and while his fellow soldiers were quick to come to his aid, unfortunately, they found him barely breathing and his life quickly ebbed away…

Today, as his body was taken from the front, the unit’s commander posthumosly awarded him for his bravery. Vasyl’s funeral (link with order of service in Ukrainian) will be held in Irpen on Sunday, June 5. Eternal memory to this hero and honor to his family.

The folowing photo alludes to how Vasyl died. You can clearly see the lens of the sight is smashed. The photo was sent to us by the unit commander.

прицел с плажкой

One journalist wrote Vasyl was killed because of lack of equipment. We refute that claim. Our volunteers have personally delivered a lot of optical equipment, including thermal imaging sights to the sniper unit of the 53rd Brigade two months ago. To view the documentation verifying the delivery, please visit the report page for the Rapid Response project (reference date 06/04/2016). The hero was performing his combat duties with one of these sights.

Words cannot express the pain of loss for those directly affected by this war… For those unaffected, life goes on, as always. As if nothing is happening. For most Ukrainians the war is somewhere “far away”. For the rest of the world, it is even further.

However, we cannot afford to be complacent. The war is still very much a reality. Ukrainian military who are risking their lives for their country need our help and support. This is our focus and we urge you to get involved. Help Ukraine’s survive, defeat the enemy and return to their families.

Now the our project that needs the most attention is Rapid Response. It is for it we collect money to buy high-tech optics for combating subversive groups and terrorist forces. Get involved.

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Rapid Response

2283 people

donated

5 413 787 UAH (195 903 USD)

of 5 581 692 UAH (201 978 USD) needed

96% raised

Updated 16.05.2019 at 17:00
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Project coordinator: Alexandr Davydenko

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Requisites of the project Rapid Response

PrivatBank for UAH transfers

Mykolaiv regional charitable foundation “BLAGOCHESTYA REGIONAL FUND”
PC CB PrivatBank
SREOU: 36143302
MFO: 326610
Account: 26004053210234
Purpose of payment: Charitable donation. Rapid Response.

SWIFT-transfer in USD

Beneficiary: Mykolayiv Regional Charitable Foundation “Regional Foundation Blagochestya”
IBAN­code: UA803266100000026009053209659
Account: 26009053209659
Beneficiary address: UA 54000, Mykolaiv, Buznyka str. 5, 118
Beneficiary bank: Privatbank
50, Naberezhna Peremogy Street, Dnipropetrovsk, 49094, Ukraine
Swift code: PBANUA2X

Intermediary bank: JP Morgan Chase Bank,New York ,USA
Swift code: CHASUS33
Correspondent account: 001-­1­-000080
Description: Charitable donation for “Rapid Response” project
or
Intermediary bank: The Bank of New York Mellon, New York, USA
Swift code: IRVT US 3N
Correspondent account: 890-­0085-­754
Description: Charitable donation for “Rapid Response” project.

SWIFT-transfer in EUR

Beneficiary: Mykolayiv Regional Charitable Foundation “Regional Foundation Blagochestya”
IBAN­code: UA413266100000026009053206287
Account: 26009053206287
Beneficiary address: UA 54000, Mykolaiv, Buznyka str. 5, 118
Beneficiary bank: Privatbank
50, Naberezhna Peremogy Street, Dnipropetrovsk, 49094, Ukraine
Swift code: PBANUA2X

Intermediary bank: Commerzbank AG ,Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Swift code: COBADEFF
Correspondent account: 400886700401
Description: Charitable donation for “Rapid Response” project.


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