Help fallen Ukraine Army soldier family
6 september 2016

Help the family of Andrei Krylov, Ukrainian soldier fallen in the fight with Russian aggression in Eastern Ukraine: wife Liudmyla and daughter Valeria


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FAMILY

"Dad did not go. He will always be with us..." 

True and faithful. He was a good friend, husband, and father. We had a happy family. And now it hurts badly. We lost our support and counsel. We have to learn to live without husband and father", these are the words that Liudmyla, the wife of the deceased Andriy Krylov says about her husband. 

The story of the family began in university years. Liudmyla came to study in the Dnipro, where she met with Andriy. The girl liked the guy very much, handsome, 184 cm tall. "I had a lively and funny friend”, says Liudmyla. “I thought he would like her”. But it turned out that Andriy watched just to Liudmyla. "The moment I saw you my heart sank. I felt that we belonged to each other", he admitted later. On that warm September day, the beloved couple took a long walk in the park, rode the carousel, and ate ice-cream. Then they began dating, they even looked similar. Andriy used this, when he was coming to the girl’s hostel to invite her for a walk, he said: "Call my sister Liudmyla Babenko". Then he was drafted in the army, and they promised to each other to get married after demobilization. 

Three years after the wedding, daughter Valeria was born. Andriy was very happy about the child, and never left her even for a moment. "He was so happy. Was always near, bathed her, changed her clothes washed her sliders and diapers. Always and everywhere he helped me. You know, I was so happy to know that I had the best husband and the daughter would have the best dad", says Liudmyla. Growing up, their daughter was becoming more and more her father's copy, she inherited her dad’s creativity too. She began writing poetry and drawing. Father, mother and daughter liked to paint together - they wrote the picture, which now decorates their home.

 

Andriy Krylov worked as a private entrepreneur. Since childhood, his father instilled in him a love for carving, so eventually, his work appeared adjacent. He studied carpentry and insulation of facades. Made furniture for private houses and restaurants. His wife says he always had good reviews and many customers. Woman admits that with him she felt like behind the wall and was confident in the future.

The family had many plans. As people worked hard, they discussed the upcoming holidays. In 17 years of marriage, they only once rested at the sea. So, while celebrating new 2014 year, Andriy promised his wife and daughter that in summer they would go to the sea. But he failed. The war began. 

In the spring, Andriy received a summons. "For him, the protection of his homeland was out of the question. He grieved all those events, because he understood how it all can end if men did not go to defend their country, their parents, wives and children. And he went..." says his wife Liudmyla. To the area of Russian aggression (east Ukraine), Andriy Krylov came in the ranks of 93rd detached mechanized brigade. Several times, for a short time, he managed to come home. It was their wedding anniversary. "Andriy came, but we just had dinner, and the next day he was running around markets and shops, he had to buy a uniform and footwear and some orders of the guys from his brigade because then the army supplies were horrible. That's all I knew because Andriy did not tell much about that. He never complained not to upset us. But I understand", said the wife of the deceased. 

July 4, 2014, became the black day for the family of Andriy Krylov. During the massive tank attack of the Russia-supported militants on a checkpoint of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, near the village Novoselivka Donetsk region, east Ukraine, Andriy Krylov, along with seven more Ukrainian soldiers, was killed. They enemy’s artillery shell hit their APC. On the eve of the death of her husband, Liudmyla was full of disturbing thoughts. She woke up in the night and could not comfort herself. The woman tried to pull herself together, praying and repeating: "With my man nothing’s going to happen. He will return home for sure!" But the fate decided otherwise...

By the Ukraine Presidential Decree number 631/2014 of 2 August 2014, for "personal courage and heroism in defending the national sovereignty and the territorial integrity of Ukraine," Andriy Krylov was awarded the Order "For courage» III degree (posthumously). 

His wife Liudmyla Krylova says that when 14-year-old Valeria learned of her father's death, she exclaimed: "I do not believe it!" and ran away from home. The family had a hard time looking for her around the village. And now, she tries to support her mother and says: "Dad did not go. He will always be with us". Next year, Valeria plans to start learning journalism, so she needs a coach to "tighten up" her performance. The death of her father took a lot of energy and emotions from her and her mother. They lost the most precious. Valeria loved her dad and will always remember him. Let us not pass by their grief, tears and pain. Let us help and support the family of Andriy Krylov.

Russia-Ukraine Conflict Participant

Krylov Andriy

ЗСУ
Dnipropetrovsk region
93rd Mechanized Brigade
38 y.o.
07.18.1976 - 07.04.2014
He died near the village Novoselivka, Donetsk region, east Ukraine.
Senior soldiers. Driver. 93rd Detached Mechanized Brigade. He died near the village Novoselivka, Donetsk region, east Ukraine during a night tank attack of Russia-backed insurgents at one of the roadblocks of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the attack being conducted from several directions at once.

By the Ukraine Presidential Decree number 631/2014 of 2 August 2014, for "personal courage and heroism in defending the national sovereignty and the territorial integrity of Ukraine," Andriy Krylov was awarded the Order "For courage» III degree (posthumously). 

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