Help fallen Ukraine Army soldier family
22 february 2017

Help the family of Ukrainian soldier Ilya Tolochko fallen in Eastern Ukraine: wife Olena and daughter Anastasia


FAMILY

"Dad will always be protecting us, because now he is our guardian angel

"A beloved husband and best father for our daughter Anastasia. Reliable, courageous and focused. After his death, I feel like lost part of me and it turned into the void and a continuous pain that I have to experience", says Olena Tolochko of her deceased husband, a soldier of 24th detached mechanized brigade Ilya Tolochko. 

After the wedding, the young family began to equip their home. According to Olena, with Ilya it was very easy and comfortable because he had always known how to cheer up, always supported, and always brought flowers. "Our greatest treasure is our long-awaited daughter Anastasia, who was born four years after our wedding. I remember how Ilya was with me during labours, all the time near, holding my hand. I was calm and I knew that everything would be fine, because the two of us were together with each other. I saw tears of happiness in his eyes when our daughter Anastasia came to this world. And he chose the name for her. He most of all liked me and our daughter", says Olena Tolochko. 

After the birth of the child, Ilya always tried around to support and help Olena. Bathed the baby and put to bed; he loved to play with her. "I remember when Anastasia was one year and eight months one day she quietly took a pen and began to draw on the walls in the room, I saw it and started to get nervous, and Ilya smiled and asked: what have you, little daughter, drawn? She said that she was drawing the sun for us, then he hugged her, kissed her and praised for the good picture. Anastasia still remembers how her father gave her a paper flower. It was March 8, and then Ilya brought flowers for me and daughter. He never forgot about us. He was always very kind and courageous, but now we have lost everything", holding back the tears say the wife of the deceased Ukraine Army soldier. 

Since the beginning of Russian-Ukrainian war, Ilya decided that if necessary, he would go to the East. So after receiving mobilization summons, the man went to protect his family and all of us. "Unfortunately, for 175 days of his stay at the forefront, he had never been on vacations. Every day we spoke with him on the phone. He always reassured us, saying that soon he would return. Ilya was very worried that the childhood his daughter passed by without him, so I sent him lots of photographs. I remember how he spoke to Anastasia, and she asked for a scooter, because all the girls in the neighbourhood had one. When Ilya got next salary, he sent me money and asked to buy a scooter for the daughter. The next day, Anastasia was so happy and was telling her dad what a good scooter she had now. Ilya did everything for the child and cherished her. And she knew that father was buying everything and she was very proud", says Olena Tolochko. 

Ilya Tolochko was killed during a combat mission near the village Toshkivka, Popasna district, Luhansk region, the Donbas, east Ukraine. First, daughter Nastia did not know that her dad was gone. The relatives took the girl to them, so that she did not see the funeral. A week later Nastia went with her mother to the cemetery. "I told her that her father had returned from war and would always be near looking on us from the sky, but unfortunately we could no longer see him, as he is in a deep sleep and we are unable to awaken him. To that Nastia said looking at the father’s grave: Dad is here, standing next to us and he has big wings. Over time, seeing my tears, daughter tells me not to cry, and she and dad will help me and father will protect us from heaven, because he is our angel", says Olena Tolochko. Now 3-year-old Anastasia is very proud of his daddy. In the kindergarten she tells everybody he is a hero and is defending not only her with her mother, but the whole Ukraine. 

OLENA TOLOCHKO 4188370028238882 (Raiffeisen Bank Aval)

Russia-Ukraine Conflict Participant

Tolochko Illya

ЗСУ
Kyiv region
24th detached mechanized brigade, assistant hand bomber, shooter
31 y.o.
Deceased January 20, 2016, settlement Toshkivka, Popasna district, Luhansk region, the Donbass, area of Russian aggression.
Date and place of birth: August 2, 1985, Kyiv.

Date and place of death: January 20, 2016, settlement Toshkivka, Popasna district, Luhansk region, the Donbass.

Rank: Senior soldier

Position: Assistant hand bomber, shooter.

Division: 24th detached mechanized brigade.

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