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Dmytro "Da Vinci" Kotsiubailo, Hero of Ukraine, dies in battle for Bakhmut

Tuesday, 7 March 2023, 17:58
Dmytro Da Vinci Kotsiubailo, Hero of Ukraine, dies in battle for Bakhmut

Dmytro "Da Vinci" Kotsiubailo, a volunteer of the Right Sector Ukrainian Volunteer Corps and a Hero of Ukraine, has been killed at the front line in Donbas.

Source: President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Telegram

Quote: "Today, Dmytro Kotsiubailo, [known as] 'Da Vinci', Hero of Ukraine, a volunteer, a symbol, a man of courage, has fallen in battle. The fighter of the 67th Separate Mechanised Brigade, the combatant. [He] died in the battle near the city of Bakhmut, in the battle for Ukraine.

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He has been defending our independence and the dignity of our people since 2014. One of the youngest heroes of Ukraine. One of those whose personal history, character, and courage forever became the history, character, and courage of Ukraine.

For more than nine years, Ukrainian heroes have been fighting gruesome battles for their country, for the future of Ukraine. Peace and relative safety in the rear towns is their merit. Our confidence in the victory of Ukraine is their resilience and strength.

Ukraine will always remember its heroes. Our memory of them will not die. This enemy who came to Ukraine will perish.

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The 67th brigade, soldiers, glory to your bravery! All Ukrainians who fight for Bakhmut, glory to your heroism! Thank you to all the soldiers whose resilience and perseverance are destroying the army of the occupier[s] in Donbas! Eternal memory to all those who gave their lives for Ukraine!"

Details: Kotsiubailo was 27 years old. The Second Lieutenant headed a separate mechanised battalion known as Vovky Da Vinchi [the Da Vinci Wolves – ed.] as part of the 67th Separate Mechanised Brigade.

"Da Vinci" was at the front since the beginning of the Russian-Ukrainian war. In 2014, he was seriously wounded by a tank shell in Pisky, Donetsk Oblast.

After recovery and three months of rehabilitation, he returned to the front, where he continued to defend the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.

By President Zelenskyy’s decree of 30 November, 2021, Kotsiubailo was awarded the title of Hero of Ukraine.

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