There is a saying in the army: it is more important who your commander is, than in what detachment you serve.
Most of the Separatists attacking our stronghold were Kossaks from the Don region of Russia. Their diversion groups (consisting of five or six fighters) constantly tried to infiltrate the Ukrainian city of Debaltseve.
The official number of Debaltseve POWs, released by Ukraine’s General Staff, correlates with my monitoring and calculations: from 110 to 120 Ukrainian servicemen, including ninety-three from 40 Battalion.
A rifle shot rang out, followed by a burst of machine-gun fire, and the two groups joined battle. Major Vakulenko was struck by a grenade, killing him instantly.
Being full of fear, I decided to run for the exit door. At that very moment a deafening explosion to the right forced me to fall back into the corridor and hug the concrete wall, pulling my bag and Kalashnikov behind.
The anti-terror operation (ATO) by the government of Ukraine against Russian armed mercenaries and Russia-supported terrorists in Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
Russian terrorists shot down a Malaysian airliner (flight MH17) over Eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014 en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.