Russia Killed Them: Police Officers Who Died Fighting for Ukraine

Agency of media ABO
Russia Killed Them: Police Officers Who Died Fighting for Ukraine

With the beginning of the full-scale invasion, the ABO media development agency created the project "Memorial: Killed by Russia." The Memorial preserves the names and faces of civilians and military personnel who died as a result of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. "We created this memorial so that you can learn about everyone killed by the Russian army," the media say.

Svidomi, in collaboration with "Memorial: Killed by Russia," tells about the police officers who died fighting for Ukraine.

Ukrainian boxing champion, International-class master of sports, and Special Forces officer Oleh Prudkyi died on May 22, 2022, in the Zaporizhzhia region. During the shelling, he sustained life-threatening injuries. The soldier was 30 years old.

Oleh Prudkyi was born in the village of Tinky, Cherkasy region. There he graduated from the Physical Education, Sports, and Health Institute of the Bohdan Khmelnytsky National University of Cherkasy.

He was involved in sports since childhood. His favourite sport was boxing. At the age of 19, he became a member of the Ukrainian National Boxing Team. Since 2013, he was in the Ukraine Otamans boxing team. At the same time, he became the lightweight boxing champion of Ukraine. Oleh was the first in the history of Cherkasy boxing to win gold in the 60 kg weight category.

Since 2016, he served in the Rapid Operational Response Unit of the National Police. He completed a training course in practical shooting for patrol police instructors. In 2017, he received a Law degree from the National Academy of Internal Affairs. In 2018, he completed advanced training at the Donetsk Law University of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

At the time of the full-scale Russian invasion, he was serving as a senior inspector of the 4th Special Operations (Assault) Department of the KORD in the Cherkasy region. He immediately began performing special combat missions.

Thank you, Beloved, for these best years of my life! For the feeling of confidence and purposefulness, for constant positive emotions, for the tremendous support — after all, we were not only husband and wife but best friends and lovers,

wrote his wife Mariana.

Senior Sergeant of the National Police Maksym Voronkov died on 30 March 2022 while defending the Luhansk region. The man came under rocket fire near Severodonetsk.

Maksym was a native of the Luhansk region. He graduated from Eduard Didorenko State University of Internal Affairs of Luhansk. Since 2015, he served in a special police force battalion of the Main Directorate of the National Police. He lived in Popasna, Luhansk region.

From the beginning of the full-scale invasion, he stood up to defend his native Luhansk region.

Maksym came to the defence of his native Luhansk region and joined the courageous and strong special forces of the Luhansk police in 2015. He performed his duties selflessly. In our memory, he will remain an honest, decent, and principled man, a good friend, and a reliable colleague,

the Luhansk Main Police Department said.

He was posthumously awarded the Order for Courage, III class.

28-year-old Police Sergeant Denys Sliptsov, call sign Dahistan, died on September 7, 2022, while on a mission near the village of Verbivka in the Kharkiv region. He received fatal injuries during an air strike.

Denys was born in the Luhansk region. After school, he graduated from Volodymyr Dahl East Ukrainian National University. He served in the army. When he returned in 2019, he joined the Luhansk-1 battalion named after Hero of Ukraine Serhii Hubanov. He participated in the Joint Forces Operation and had a combatant status.

During the full-scale war, he continued to defend Ukraine.  

Denys was the best, most loving husband and father, he loved our little daughters very much. He was a very kind, cheerful, and bright person, a reliable and good friend, colleague, brother-in-arms... We love him very much and miss him... The eldest daughter is waiting for the war to end and for her father to come back to us from the sky. She says that dad could not leave us and go to the sky because he knows how much we love him and are waiting for him, so he will definitely come back,

said the hero's wife Militsa.

Junior Sergeant Mykhailo Datskiv died on March 24, 2022, in a battle near Popasna, Luhansk region. On March 31, the defender would have turned 48 years old.

Mykhailo was born in the village of Kovynychi, Lviv region. He studied at a police school and worked as a police officer. Later he started farming and growing grain. He liked to fix appliances and was also a cross-stitcher.

During the full-scale invasion, he fought as a member of the 24th Separate Mechanized Brigade named after King Daniel of Galicia. He was the commander of a grenade launcher unit. He took part in the battles for the Luhansk region.

My dad was an extremely kind and bright man, the pillar of the family. He worked hard and helped his fellow villagers. He adored his grandchildren and spoiled them. Unfortunately, the tragedy took him away forever!

said Nataliia, the daughter of the deceased.

Junior Sergeant Datskiv was posthumously awarded the Order for Courage, III class.

Private First Class Serhii Vorona died on May 29, 2022, in the battle for Lysychansk, Luhansk region. The soldier was 36 years old.

Serhii was born in the village of Znamianka, Kirovohrad region. He received a driver's qualification at a vocational school. He served in the Armed Forces. In 2006, he graduated from the Kryvyi Rih Higher Professional College of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine. He worked in the internal affairs bodies — in the Hryfon Special Unit and the National Police, and held the rank of Private First Class.

In 2014, he took part in the Joint Forces Operation in Severodonetsk, Luhansk region. During his service, he received awards: "10 Years of Conscientious Service," "For Courage," and "ATO Veteran." Later he worked in the security service department. He was fond of football and loved to fish.

During the full-scale invasion, he again stood up to defend Ukraine. He fought in the 121st Territorial Defence Brigade.

My beloved, dear, my soul. The best husband, a loving father to his sons Roman and Artem, and a caring son and brother. A true patriot, brave, confident, intelligent, kind, sincere, and always ready to help. He had big plans for the future. You are our Hero, our pride. We love you very much. You are forever in our hearts. We know that you are with us, and even from heaven, you are protecting us,

wrote the fighter's wife Kateryna.