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His family members spoke of Mr Yatsunyk’s bravery and labelled him a “hero”, with shut good friend Roman, 45, telling the Solar that the soldier “was like my brother”.
He had met Mr Yatsunyk over 20 years in the past throughout a Ukrainian ex-pats journey in Scotland in 1998. Roman added: “He instructed me, “If we do not combat, who will combat for us?” He was an sincere one who would assist anybody, he had an excellent coronary heart.”
Mr Yatsunyk died when a landmine triggered as they ran to assist their comrades. The explosion set off a second landmine, the explosion of which killed one other of their group and wounded three others.
Roman added to iNews: “When the warfare began he simply stated sure, I’m going. He was actually patriotic about Ukraine. He was actually courageous. To start with he went there as a volunteer, then he requested the British Military and he joined the Ukrainian Military immediately.
“When the warfare began, he stated, ‘I’m going to Ukraine’. When individuals stated it’s harmful he stated ‘I’m nonetheless going’ and no person might cease him. We understood he was going to assist voluntarily to show the Ukrainian troopers learn how to combat. Along with his data from the British Military he taught loads of Ukrainian troopers.”
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The daddy-of-two, who lived in Oxfordshire, is believed to have spent 4 years as a reservist within the British Military and had lived within the UK for greater than 20 years. US army veteran and good friend of Mr Yatsunyk added that information of his dying was “essentially the most painful day of my life”.
He tweeted: “My good good friend Viktor (the Brit) was killed in motion whereas evacuating wounded males. He died a hero and took a chunk of my coronary heart with him.”
Roman revealed that simply weeks earlier than his dying, Mr Yatsunyk made a fortunate escape when a missile hit his camp, killing one in every of his comrades simply metres away. His good good friend’s final message to him had been asking for assist in ordering elements for army drones, his focus nonetheless sq. on defending Ukraine.
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In an interview this month Mr Yatsunyk stated he had signed a contract with the Ukrainian army, including that his time in warfare was “lengthy and harmful”.
Talking of how he has handed on his British Military coaching to assist prepare Ukrainian forces, he stated: “Many of the soliders right here don’t have expertise within the military. Everybody desires to combat, however you should train them learn how to combat, most of all learn how to survive.”
Mr Yatsunyk’s spouse has flown to Ukraine regardless of the continuing battle to gather her husband’s physique, with a funeral anticipated later this week.
An FCDO spokesperson stated: “We’re reaching out to the household of a British man who has died in Ukraine and stand prepared to offer consular assist.”