Ukraine, farewell to Yana, "the angel of fighters" killed by mortar fire from Wagner

Yana Rykhlitska, a 29-year-old volunteer paramedic, was killed a few days ago by Wagner company troops in Bakhmut.

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She was called “the angel of fighters” thanks to her blond hair, blue eyes and tireless willingness to treat war wounded in all conditions: Yana Rykhlitska, a 29-year-old volunteer paramedic, was however killed a few days ago by Wagner company troops who targeted the car in which he traveled along with two other volunteers in Bakhmut’s meat grinder.

In the last year, the girl has saved the lives of dozens of Ukrainian soldiers, becoming one of the symbols of resistance. Of herself, in a recent post on Facebook, she had written that she wanted – despite everything – look at the world” with optimism whatever the hell is going onwith a laugh, courage and professionalism”.

Yesterday Yana was buried in the Avenue of Heroes of her hometown in Vinnytsia in central Ukraine. The funeral of this young heroine was attended.

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There were hundreds of people at the funeral. “Desperate, small and thin, he carried everything on his shoulders“, Natalya Vlasyuk, a relative of hers, described her. Tetiana Zenart, her closest friend, had heard her on the phone on March 3, a few hours before she died under mortar fire: “I asked her how they were doing things there in Bakhmut, with that unimaginable flow of wounded. She replied in her usual tone, ‘I’m enjoying myself, still in one piece'”.

Before her friend died, Tetiana had written all her admiration and affection on social media: “When Ukraine wins, remember that half of the work was done by her. That’s right. I don’t know a military unit that doesn’t be grateful”.

Up until February 24 last year, before Russia invaded Ukraine, Yana had used her diploma to work at an insurance company. Then everything changed. She first volunteered to help civilians and military, then she decided to attend paramedic courses and signed a contract with the Ukrainian Armed Forces by joining the 93rd Kholodnyi Yar Brigade as a rescuer.

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J. A. Allen

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