Help fallen Ukraine Army soldier family
13 december 2016

Help the family of Ukrainian soldier Alexander Vakhnyuk, deceased in the Russian-Ukrainian war: wife Yulia and two daughters Ksenia and Varvara


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FAMILY

"I forgot to take a promise from my husband to return alive..." 

The future spouses met each other visiting their mutual friends. "In the evening, I went to my friends and for the first time I saw Alexander. At first, I did not even notice him; I could not think that we would live together. However, Alexander I immediately liked me and, as he later admitted, it was then when he decided that we will be together", says the wife if the fallen Ukraine Army soldier. Since then, Alexander and Yulia started to meet more often. 

Together with his father, Alexander Vakhnyuk worked in Kyiv as a builder. They rented an apartment, but after some time, the father decided to return home (in Andrushevsky district, Zhytomyr Region), so Alexander faced the question where to live. "I do not remember who of us offered it, but it turned out that Alexander began to live with me. Because he did not have any education except secondary school and military service; he found a job as a security. I worked in the banking system". 

"After the birth of Ksenia, Alexander worked at several jobs to provide our family. He was very tired, but always tried to please me and, if possible, spend more time with us. We often went out for the barbecue. One of our favourite places was the park Feofania", says the wife of the deceased veteran of Russian-Ukrainian war. 

So was the Vakhnyuks’ family life. But the war made changed everything. Every evening, Alexander phoned Yulia to find out how she was. He told her he saw the Russian special forces on the Ukrainian territory. And once telephoned to say goodbye because squad was surrounded and everyone thought would not survive. "After having a pregnancy observation which showed everything was fine, I called him to tell about it, but Alexander did not answer, he only texted that he would  call back in the evening. But in the evening there was not a call. It was the end", said the wife of the deceased Ukrainian soldier. 

Alexander Vakhnyuk was considered missing, but through DNA test he was recognized among the dead bodies that were brought to Zaporizhzhia. After the death of Alexander Vakhnyuk, Yulia successfully gave birth to a child, another daughter Varvara, whom, unfortunately, her father never saw. Now Yulia with children: 8-year-old Ksenia and 1.5-year-old Varvara learn to live without their husband and father. The state pays child support but the family has not received the compensation in case of death and the housing from the state, as Yulia and Alexander were not officially married, so Alexander’s parents received this aid from the state. The children grow quickly; they need clothes and toys, and also a repair in the children’s room. Let's help the children of the deceased Ukrainian soldier Alexander Vakhnyuk.

Russia-Ukraine Conflict Participant

Vakhnyuk Alexander

ЗСУ
Kyiv region
11th battalion of territorial defense "Kievan Rus"
33 y.o.
05.11.1981 - 06.10.2014
village Tsentralny, Pereval district, Luhansk region, the Donbass, the zone of Russian offencives.
Date and place of birth: May 11, 1981, village Hardyshivka, Berdichev district, Zhytomyr region.
Date and place of death: October 1, 2014, village Tsentralny, Pereval district, Luhansk region, the Donbass, area of Russian aggression.
Rank: Sergeant.
Position: Scout.
Division: 11th Battalion of the Territorial Defense "Kievan Rus".

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