UKRAINIAN OFFICER COMMANDED THE SEPARATE MARINE BRIGADE
Serhiy Volynskyi "Volyna" is a major and acting commander of the 36th Separate Marine Brigade. Serhiy, 30, is originally from Poltava. He dedicated half of his life to the military service: after graduating from the Kremenchuk military lyceum he received his higher education in the Hetman Petro Sahaidachnyi National Ground Forces Academy. Serhiy served in the Naval infantry in Kerch before the occupation of Crimea. In 2014, he relocated to Mykolaiv and participated in the anti-terrorist operation, defending Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine. Serhiy has received many decorations, including the Order of Bohdan Khmelnytskyi, for his courage and military service.
During the escalation of the russian invasion in 2022, Serhyi and his brigade defended Mariupol. After the commander of his brigade unexpectedly decided to leave the positions and got captured by russians, Serhiy took over his position. He and the remains of the unit stayed true to their oath and joined the "Azov" regiment in their efforts to protect the Azovstal steelworks.
Serhiy is known for his impassioned pleas to world leaders to conduct a safe extraction of troops and civilians leaving Mariupol. He was one of the last people to be evacuated from the Azovstal after 37 days of defending the plant. He is awaited at home by his wife Ruslana and his little son, as much as his parents, grandparents and comrades.
In private life, Serhiy is a family man who enjoys spending time with his beloved ones. His sister Tetyana characterizes him as a courageous but caring man who was not afraid to stand up for her since their early years. Serhiy's instructors and comrades from the military lyceum describe him as a perfect candidate to be an officer: disciplined, skillful, and loyal. His son is not aware of all the challenges Serhiy had to experience defending Ukraine, but knows that his dad is on a business trip and expects him to return home soon.