The battalion's intelligence squad triggered trip-wire actuating device near Avdiivka. Hordiichuk died on the way to hospital, while another soldier is in coma, and two more servicemen received moderate wounds.
Mykola was an active member of Plast National Scout Organization of Ukraine, public figure of the city of Kamianets-Podilskyi, leading singer of Svoierіdne and Dendi musical bands. He also was a member of the 15th sotnia of Maidan self-defense during the Revolution of dignity. When the war broke out in the east of Ukraine, he volunteered to serve in Harpun special designation battalion.