EN|RU|UK
  11818

 Ukrainian fighter Serhii Ruchka killed in mortar shelling in Avdiivka. PHOTO

Defender of the Avdiivka industrial area Serhii Ruchka was killed on Aug. 16 at 11 p.m. in mortar shelling.

Censor.NET reports citing the 72nd Separate Mechanized Brigade on Facebook.

"Reliable, courageous, experienced," his comrades describe Ruchka. "He would always rescue if needed, and never feared when going into a skirmish. He loved telling jokes and always smiled, regardless of anything."

Ukrainian fighter Serhii Ruchka killed in mortar shelling in Avdiivka 01

"The mortar shelling began unexpectedly as usual. Serhii was on duty, and that's when a missile flew in," his comrades Oleksii and Denys say, who were there and started providing medical aid to the wounded.

Watch more: "After four SPGs arrived, we decided to eliminate this disgrace and run them under ground", - Ukraine Army fighters speak of night skirmish at Butivka. VIDEO

"The guys did everything right: they applied tourniquets to his wounded limbs, closed the wounds on his body with clean cloth, put Serhii on a stretcher and ran with him back to the trenches and the armored ambulance that rushed halfway. In complete darkness, they put the stretcher in the car, and I was trying to save the fighter as we were driving," a battalion medical worker says. "Later, in the stabilization center where we came, the surgeon said that the guy died back in the trench... It was an immediate and painless death, but we didn't know it and where saving his life as if he was alive, hoping he would regain consciousness. Sometimes we could even feel his weak pulse."

Ukrainian fighter Serhii Ruchka killed in mortar shelling in Avdiivka 02

Ruchka hails from Bohuslav, the Kyiv region. He is survived by a wife and a 13-year-old daughter.

Ukrainian fighter Serhii Ruchka killed in mortar shelling in Avdiivka 03

Ukrainian fighter Serhii Ruchka killed in mortar shelling in Avdiivka 04



 
 
 
 up