Leonid Provodenko, 53, was killed on Dec. 29 in a skirmish near Avdiivka. His funeral was attended by numerous friends, the family, comrades and people who didn't know Leonid in person but wanted to offer their last respects to the fallen hero.
Mother of Leonid Provodenko
Provodenko's widow and son
Lieutenant Colonel Mykola Bilosvit was a commander of Provodenko's battalion
"Leonid died a hero. He is survived by a wife and children. They are our family now, we will help them," Lieutenant Colonel Mykola Bilosvit said.
"Recon Platoon Commander Sergeant Leonid Provodenko, call sign Kozak, was killed by the enemy in a clash near Kruta Balka village (on the outskirts of Avdiivka). Being alarmed by gunshots, the enemy opened fierce indiscriminate fire and took the soldier's body under its cover to insult on it," servicemen of the 72nd brigade wrote.
"Leonid Provodenko was 53 years old. He lived in the village of Mykhailivka in the Luhansk region and worked as a local environment protection inspector before the war. He is survived by a wife and two sons. When Russia occupied the Donbas, Leonid brought the family to Kyiv and volunteered to serve in the Ukrainian army on Aug. 6, 2014. He served in the 12th Battalion, always cared about junior soldiers, followed traditions of Ukrainian Cossacks, dreamt to liberate his native village and bring his family back home, continue doing the job he loved so much," his comrades-in-arms wrote.
Photos and video by Oleh Bohachuk