This was announced by Censor.NET's Chief Editor Yurii Butusov on his Facebook page citing "Maidan on Feb, 18-20. This is how it was" community.
"A unique photo of the real Ukraine's hero has been found - U.S. citizen Mark Paslawsky, millionaire and owner of a large business, participated in the assault of the "Heavenly Hundnred" at Instytutska Street on Feb. 20, 2014 with a tyre and a shield. Marko served in the U.S. Army Rangers and commanded a company in the well-known 75th rangers' regiment of the U.S. Special Operations Forces. The patriot of Ukraine then survived at the Instytutska Street, but was killed in August in Ilovaisk as a member of the 'Donbas' volunteer battalion… His life is a real example of serving his Fatherland. I knew Marko. When I brought a delegation of foreign reporters and NATO employees to the 'Donbas's base, Marko was one of those who showed us around. The foreigners were shocked that an American is fighting for Ukraine," he said.
"Recently, several images from Maidan were revealed showing Mark Paslawsky, the American of Ukrainian origin; he enlisted as volunteer to the National Guard after the Russian aggression, became the Ukrainian citizen in April 2014, fought in the 'Donbas' battalion with call sign 'Franko.' It had been known earlier that Mark was on Maidan, in particular on the execution day of Feb. 20, but these are the first images proving it. Maybe there are some people who remembers him - please contact us, and send images if you have any. We will pass them to his relatives in the U.S. On Aug. 19, 2014 Franko was killed in Ilovaisk from shrapnel while covering the retreat of our soldiers on a bridge," a message on the page of "Maidan on Feb, 18-20. This is how it was" community on Facebook reads.
"Markiian Gregory Paslawsky was born in 1959 in New York; he used to work as an investment banker in the U.S. Was a member of 'Plast' scout organization. Graduated from the prestigious U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Served to become a captain of the 75th rangers' regiment. In 1991 he arrived to the USSR. By the end of 1990s, he had settled in Ukraine. He was helping to sell steel products by the Mariupol plant abroad. Worked in the banking sector. Paslawsky founded an agricultural company 'Rosava-K' in the Kyiv region, which has become one of the most profitable in the region. He had become a millionaire. After Mark was killed, in February 2015 his company was forcibly took over, and the new owner, under fake documents, is Russian citizen from Crimea Leonid Mosiychuk. Late Mark's friends have sworn to win the enterprise back. However, the litigations might last for years. Meanwhile, grain is being taken away from the company, money is being transferred to Crimea… Its owners fear that modern equipment might also disappear," the community reports.
See more: Memorial of US citizen Marko Paslawsky, killed last summer in Ilovaisk, unveiled in Kyiv. PHOTOS + VIDEO
Despite his officer rank, Mark came as a private to the 'Donbas' battalion. His comrade Lev remembers:
"This is true, he wanted it that way. He didn't want to stand out. But it's difficult for people like Franko not to stand out. He was a very colorful person in our battalion. First, he was 55. Second, [he was] a foreigner by essence, despite his Ukrainian passport. You know, he was really good in swearing in Ukrainian! Mark told me many times that he wanted to be a regular soldier. When he wanted to praise someone, he used to say: "You are a real soldier!"
"Mark used to summon a so-called briefing after every combat. He said that's how they do it in the U.S. Soldiers were always listening carefully to Mark's advice. He not only took a battle to pieces, he also analyzed it. Why had a soldier died under certain circumstances? Why couldn't we liberate a village from the first try? He knew everything, including how many gun magazines to take with us to a battle to have enough and move easily. After a briefing, he used to treat everyone with toffees. You know, Mark loved sweets and loved to treat everyone with candies.
"He was planning to take a vacation. He used to say: "We will quickly liberate Ilovaisk and I will go home, to the U.S., for a month. I haven't seen my mom for so long." When I was sent to Ilovaisk, I knew Mark was dead. They were hiding in a school, were encircled. They were shot at from all directions. Mark got three bullets into his back. They say that before his death, he said: "I dreamt of becoming a real Ukrainian. I hope I have become one. It hurts so much and I really don ' t want to die!" I am sure, if they had a helicopter to take Mark to a hospital immediately, he could have been saved.
"Rest in peace, and glory to the Hero!"
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