by Br. Alexis Bugnolo
On the walls of St. Michael the Archangel’s Monastery, here at Kyiv, Ukraine, there are photographs of the heroes who gave their lives defending their Christian homeland from Russian aggression since 2014. But since Feb. of this year, more than 20 thousand more have fallen in this epic battle. Here are just a few photographs of a few of them, which I have seen on social media:
They went to war when Russia invaded Ukraine. They believed in Freedom, the right to live in their God-given land.— Euromaidan Press (@EuromaidanPress) July 3, 2022
They laid down their lives for Ukraine & Europe!
RIP - Aleksa Marinovych, Brazilian volunteer fighter Andre Hak Bahi, Andriy Poliak, Andriy Karpov#ArmUkraineNow pic.twitter.com/eCcdZzAMme
Natalia, a Ukrainian woman who had lived in Austria for decades, returned to serve as a paramedic with the Hospitallers medical battalion.— Visegrád 24 (@visegrad24) July 3, 2022
She lost her life during frontline duty and was buried in Kyiv a few days ago.
RIP Natalia. Ukraine will never forget your sacrifice!
22-year-old Willy Joseph Cancel is the first American who was killed fighting alongside Ukrainian forces.— Euromaidan Press (@EuromaidanPress) April 29, 2022
He leaves behind a 7-month baby and a wife. "It was either grab his body or get killed, but we would love for him to come back to us," his mother saidhttps://t.co/VjZ8MLMltB pic.twitter.com/VpXPUBjKe3
Deputy Commander of the Ukrainian Navy for aviation, Colonel Ihor Bedzai, was killed by a Russian fighter jet while performing a combat mission on a Mi-14 helicopter.— Euromaidan Press (@EuromaidanPress) May 9, 2022
During the 2014 occupation of🇺🇦Crimea by🇷🇺he moved aircraft to mainland Ukraine in front of the occupiers. pic.twitter.com/PnC0HfLL6T
BREAKING:— Visegrád 24 (@visegrad24) June 12, 2022
Jordan Gatley, a young British soldier who left the British Army to go and fight against the Russian Army, has been killed in battle.
Jordan was killed during intense house-by-house fighting in Sievierodonetsk.
His father Dean says that his son was a true hero.
The press service of the International Legion for the Defence of #Ukraine reports that volunteers from the #Netherlands, #Germany, #Australia and #France were killed: Ronald Vogelaar, Michael O’Neill, Björn Benjamin Clavis and Wilfried Blériot. pic.twitter.com/Lg55sJodEn— NEXTA (@nexta_tv) June 5, 2022
Рома Ратушний…— Serhiy Prytula (@serhiyprytula) June 14, 2022
Русня планомірно вбиває наше майбутнє. Молодих, активних, патріотичних, небайдужих.
Спочивай з миром!
А русня буде горіти у пеклі!!! pic.twitter.com/bnahh5rhjc
The Brazilian volunteer soldier, André Hack Bahi, from Porto Alegre, Un Rio Grande do Sul, has been killed in battle against the Russian Army.— Visegrád 24 (@visegrad24) June 6, 2022
Many Brazilians are fighting on the side of Ukraine
Young Savet Bakhtin, has been killed in battle against the Russian Army— Visegrád 24 (@visegrad24) June 12, 2022
RIP Savet pic.twitter.com/8ZJjHneUpQ
Memories of Alexei Chubashev, Captain of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.— UKRAINIAN SQUAD🇺🇦 (@ukrainiansquad) June 11, 2022
The last month he served in the "Foreign Legion" unit of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
R.I.P …💔🇺🇦#Ukraine #Russia #UkraineWar
The firefighter Ihor Verbytsky lost his life while trying to save people from a burning building hit in a Russian missile strike against a residential area in the town of Balakliia, in the Kharkiv region.— Visegrád 24 (@visegrad24) June 28, 2022
RIP Ihor. Ukraine doesn’t forget the sacrifice of its heroes!
“For love of country they accepted death, and thus resolved all doubts, and made immortal their patriotism and their virtue.” James A. Garfield— Euromaidan Press (@EuromaidanPress) June 5, 2022
RIP - medic Yuliya Ohiyenko (44yrs), Dmytro Kyrychok, Oleksandr Hrianyk, Mykhailo Yareshko#ArmUkraineNow pic.twitter.com/JggTcHrXek
Russia launched its bloody onslaught on Feb 24, 2022. A full-scale invasion from 3 directions.— Euromaidan Press (@EuromaidanPress) May 3, 2022
Let us honor the heroic men&women who took up arms to fight the Russian invaders.
RIP - Heorhiy Tarasenko, Artur Venzhyk (21yrs), Viktor Holovko, Vladyslav Buvalkin #ArmUkraineNow pic.twitter.com/CAADZn8N12
📽️Ukrainian Mi-14 helicopter flying very low, attempting to avoid Russian jet. The helicopter was reportedly operated by Ihor Bedzai and was downed a few minutes later. #UkraineRussiaWar https://t.co/GlI2p3sUqv pic.twitter.com/sAubbrz7uk— MilitaryLand.net (@Militarylandnet) June 8, 2022