From the first days of Russia’s full-scale invasion of the territory of Ukraine, part of our community – professors, students, graduates, and staff – took arms in hand for the defense of Ukraine in the fight with the Russian occupier. Unfortunately, many of them paid the highest price for our homeland, their lives.
The community of Ukrainian Catholic University expresses its deepest sympathy to family and friends of the Heroes.
1. Taras Haiduk
He perished on 6 March 2022 from enemy fire. He was a 2015 graduate of UCU’s Master’s in History program. After graduation, he became a tour-guide and civic activist and founded the civic organization Transcarpathian Community, which was involved in preserving the natural and cultural heritage of the Transcarpathia Region. He served in the 128th Separate Mountain Assault Brigade as a junior sergeant and artilleryman. He was posthumously awarded the order “for bravery,” 3rd degree.
2. Mykola Fedortsov
The father of UCU student Mykola Fedortsov. He perished on 8 March 2022 while patrolling territory of the Korablenyi District of Mykolayiv as a consequence of striking an unidentified explosive device. He was posthumously awarded the order “for bravery,” 3rd degree.
3. Oleh Yashchyshyn
He perished on 13 March at the Yavoriv Polygon after the Russians shot at the International Peace-keeping Center. He was a colonel and a senior professor at the Hetman Petro Sahaidachnyi National Ground Forces Academy. He was the father of Iryna Yashchyshyn, an UCU graduate and worker at the Development Department, and Tetyana Yashchyshyn, an UCU student.
4. Vadym Velychko
He perished in May in the Donetsk Region. He served in the 103th Separate Brigade of Territorial Defense. He was the brother of Veronika Ravska, a worker at UCU for many years.
5. Oleh Vorobyov
He perished on 30 May 2022. He was a researcher at the Institute of the Physics of Condensed Systems at NAS Ukraine. He was involved in civic and creative work. He was a participant of the ATO in eastern Ukraine. After returning from the ATO, he and his wife, Olya Vorobyova, founded a project of psychological support for the families of soldiers of the ATO, Happy Together. Vorobyov participated in the Master of Science in Technology Management program of the UCU Business School and was COO of The Spares Expert Ltd.
At the initiative of the UCU Business School and families of UCU Heroes, a named scholarship fund has been established in honor of the Hero. You can make a donation here
6. Andrii Tybinka
He perished on 1 June 2022. Andrii Tybinka was the husband of Oksana Vasylytsya, a staff member at UCU’s Management School.
7. Vasyl Fihas
He perished on 6 June 2022 from a sniper’s bullet. He worked in the Mezhyrichanska and Lisova mines at the Lviv-Volyn Mountain Rescue Squad. Since 2018 he served on contract with the Ukrainian Army. Vasyl Fihas was the brother of Fr. Roman Fihas, researcher at the UCU Institute of Ecumenical Studies.
8. Artem Dymyd
He perished on 18 June 2022 as a consequence of mortar shelling during combat at the border of the Mykolayiv and Kherson regions.
He was a graduate of the History Program of the Humanities Faculty of Ukrainian Catholic University. He was a member and mentor of the Plast Ukrainian Scouting organization. Before the war, he was involved in various types of sports: skydiving, mountain skiing, and hiking. He also visited 50 countries of the world. He was an active participant in the Revolution of Dignity. With the start of the Russian-Ukrainian War, he became a volunteer in a separate detachment of the Azov special group. He eventually transferred to the special battalion Harpoon. He was posthumously awarded the Plast Iron Cross.
At the initiative of the family of slain soldier Artem Dymyd, UCU started a named scholarship fund. You can donate to the Artem Dymyd Scholarship Fund here:
9. Andrii Dobrovetskyi
He perished on 19 August 2022 in the village of Blahodatne, Mykolaiv Region. He studied at the UCU Faculty of Theology and Philosophy (2005-2009). He was a sacristan. He did much work with young people and catechized in societies and at church.
10. Oleh Kurskyi
He perished on 12 September 2022. Since March he served in eastern Ukraine. He volunteered at the King Danylo 24th OM Brigade. He was a student of the Master’s Program in Non-profit Management at the UCU Institute of Leadership and Management.
11. Yurii Kostyk
He perished at the front on 18 October 2022. He was a historian and worked in the Division of Ukrainian Studies at the Vasyl Stefanyk National Scholarly Library of Ukraine in Lviv. After graduating from the History Faculty of Ivan Franko National University in Lviv, he worked for a time at the D. Halytskyi National Medical University in Lviv. He taught Ukrainian history in the English language for foreign students. Yurii Ostyk was the nephew of Prof. Yaroslava Melnyk of the UCU Department of Philology.
12. Volodymyr Orlov
He perished at the front on 20 October 2022 during offensive operations: while executing a combat mission he was slain in Torske, Lyman territorial community of Kramatorsk District, Donetsk Region. He volunteered for the Territorial Defense Forces and was mobilized into the Ukrainian Army at the start of March 2022. Orlov was the husband of Pavlyna Volovetska, who works in the UCU Rector’s Office.
13. Pavlo Shcherbyna
He perished on the front on 15 December 2022 near Bakhmut. Shcherbyna was commander of a separate grenade launcher platoon of the 2nd battalion. He took part in the liberation of Kherson and later in military actions near Bakhmut. Pavlo Shcherbyna was the brother of Khrystyna Fedechko, manager of projects and programs of the UCU Student Recruiting Department.
14. Vitalii Lutsyk
He perished on the front in January 2023. After the start of the full-scale invasion, Lutsyk registered with the army draft board and volunteered. In October he was mobilized to the Ukrainian Army. Vitalii Lutsyk was the father of Alina Lutsyk, a second-year student of the Bachelor’s Program in Law of the UCU Social Sciences Faculty.
15. Dmytro Kotsiubailo
He perished on 7 March near Bakhmut in the fight for Ukraine. A mortar mine exploded near him and a fragment hit his neck. He was only 27. Dmytro “Da Vinci” Kotsiubailo was a Ukrainian volunteer and commander of the 1st OM Battalion “Da Vinci’s Wolves” of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, a participant in the Russian-Ukrainian War since 2014. At the start of December 2021, he received from the hand of President Volodymyr Zelenskyy the highest state award, the title “Hero of Ukraine” for personal bravery demonstrated in defense of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. He became the first volunteer who received such a title while alive. Kotsiubailo was engaged to Alina Mykhaylova, also serving in the military and a student of UCU.
Honoring the invaluable contribution of slain Hero of Ukraine Dmytro Kotsiubailo, code name “Da Vinci,” in defending the Ukrainian state, UCU started a named scholarship fund in honor of the Hero.
You can donate HERE: https://supporting.ucu.edu.ua/en/donate/?order=115.9_endowment_kotsyubailo.
16. Dmytro Pashchuk
He perished at the front on 13 March 2023. At the start of Russia’s full-scale invasion in 2022, he joined the Special Operations of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. He was fatally wounded by a kamikaze drone in Kherson Region while performing a military task on Sunday 12 March at 16:30. He was engaged to UCU graduate Hanusya Didula and a close comrade of slain soldier Artem Dymyd.
17. Andrii Boiko
He perished on 6 April 2023. Boiko was engaged to the project manager of the Political Sciences Department, Veronika Hnylytsya.
18. Oleksandr Mehel
He perished on 13 April 2023. At the end of February he was received into Ukraine’s Armed Forces. He fell near Bakhmut, in his first battle. Mehel was a student of the master’s program Technologies and Innovations in Social Work.
19. Oleksandr Polivodskyi
He perished on 19 April 2023 in the Luhansk Region. From the first days of the full-scale invasion, Polivodskyi defended our land as part of territorial defense. His code name was “Docent.” He was a graduate of our certificate program Academy of Leadership for Development in Ukraine at the UCU School of Public Administration.
20. Yurii Sikyrynskyi
He perished on 14 June 2023 near Rozdolivka, Bakhmut District. He was the father of five children, including UCU graduate Marta Sikyrynska (History, 2016), who worked in the university’s Information Department. Yurii Sikyrynskyi was an active participant of both maidans. Since 2014 he was a volunteer in Ukraine’s Army. From the moment of the full-scale invasion, he joined the ranks of national defense (Brigade 125).
21. Oles Husak
He perished on 19 June 2023 in the war with the Russian occupier. His code name was “Floyd.” His sister, Ustyna, is a student at UCU’s Humanities Faculty in the Philology program. From the first days of the Muscovite invasion, he joined the ranks of the “Freedom” battalion. He took part in defending Kyiv and then fought in Rubizhnyi and Siverskodonetsk.
22. Vasyl Doroshenko
He perished on 13 August 2023. With the start of the full-scale Russian invasion, he became a soldier of the 45th Separate Artillery Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. From February 2023, he fought as part of the 3rd Separate Assault Brigade.
He took part in battles near Bakhmut, where in May 2023 he was wounded. After rehabilitation, he returned to service. Doroshenko studied at the History program of UCU’s Humanities Faculty from 2015 to 2017.
23. Ihor Subotiak
He perished on 7 August 2023, rescuing people from the rubble after a Russian rocket hit a residential building in Pokrovsk. He was the father of Bohdana Subotiak, a student of UCU’s Law School.
24. Oleh Lysak
He perished on 16 August 2023 during military activities near Robotyne. He took part in the ATO, and after the start of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine he again went to defend his homeland. For outstanding bravery and selfless acts demonstrated in defense of state sovereignty and the territorial integrity of Ukraine and faithfulness to his military oath, in 2022 by order of the president of Ukraine Junior Sergeant Oleh Lysak was awarded the medal “for military service of Ukraine.” He was the father of Yuliya Lysak, a student of the UCU Law School.
25. Oles Shcherba
He perished on 26 August 2023. A graduate of Ukrainian Catholic University, he studied in the Psychology program of the Health Sciences Faculty (2018).
Let us pray that Our All-Merciful Lord receive their souls into His heavenly kingdom.
Everlasting memory and glory to the Heroes.
Heroes never die!