ONE OF THE BRAVE DEFENDERS OF MARIUPOL AND AZOVSTAL
Unlike many other defenders of Ukraine, Crimean-born Bohdan didn’t dream about a career in the military. Since childhood, he was into sports and arts. Bohdan went to the Art School and studied German and English in school. Then he moved to Kyiv to study at the State Water Transport Academy. In 2013, he joined the protests during the Revolution of Dignity.
When russia occupied Crimea, Bohdan switched the academy for the army: he volunteered for the military service but continued to study remotely. He joined the "Azov" regiment and defended the East of Ukraine, including cities like Shyrokyne, Mryinka, Krasnohorivka as well Svitlodarsk arc area. Bohdan raised to the rank of a major and the positions of the chief of staff of the "Azov" regiment.
Bohdan met the escalation of the russian war against Ukraine in Mariupol and the Azovstal where he spent 86 days defending the city. He asked multiple times to organize humanitarian corridors and evacuate civilians. For his courage and dedication to the service, he received the Order of Bohdan Khmelnytshyi III Class.
At home Bohdan is awaited by his parents and sister Sandra who is now working at the Ministry of Veterans Affairs. She describes him as a difficult person to discuss military matters with since he never wanted to share with the family the challenges he experienced. Bohdan would never complain about any struggles since, despite having no standard military education, he considered himself a 'military man" hence ready for anything. Bohdan is a person of principles and of a great determination who is found of serious literature and books about war. According to Sandra, those stories inspired many of his own operations during the wartime.