SVYATOSLAV PALAMAR “KALINA”
AZOV’S SECOND IN COMMAND IN MARIUPOL
Sviatoslav is a Deputy Commander of the "Azov" Regiment. His nickname "Kalyna" (guelder rose in Ukrainian) was inspired by Ukrainian rebellions songs that often mention guelder rose, an ancient symbol of Ukraine, its beauty and resilience.
As a kid, Sviatoslav’s favorite game were toy soldiers that his parents still sometimes find in the backyard’s sandbox. Despite Svitoslav intentions to enroll in the military lyceum, his parents didn’t want to let their son into adulthood at the age of 14.
Originally from Mykolaiv town in Lviv region, Svitoslav studied at the Lviv University of Trade and Economics that he graduates from after taking a sabbatical to serve in the Armed Forces.
After a year of working in business, Svitoslav became an activist at the Revolution of Dignity — the second one, after the Orange Revolution, that he joined as a participant. Following the events, Svitoslav and his wife joined the "Azov" regiment and moved to Mariupol: he served in the military and she worked as a clerk.
During his service in the "Azov", Svitoslav was participating in the fights along with training the regiment soldiers. In recent years he, as a deputy commander, focused on recruiting the best, most qualified and motivated men for the "Azov".
Anticipating the beginning of the war, Svitoslav evacuated his wife and five-year-old son from Mariupol. Since February 24, his communication with the family was limited to short messages "I'm OK". His messages to the society, on the other hand, were elaborated and inspiring: Svitoslav would go live every week calling for international leaders to evacuate the civilians from the Azovstal and blaming politicians for the lack of professionalism.
During the courageous defense of the Azovstal, Sviatoslav received an Order of Danylo Halytskyi granted by the President of Ukraine. As a part of the "Azov: leadership, Svitoslav was one of the last ones to leave the Azovstal steelworks into the russian captivity where he is now.
In civilian life, Sviatoslav is very fond of history which he knew well since school. He is a bookworm who owns a big library and reads three books simultaneously. His wife misses his amazing home cooking and his son, raised in patriotic traditions, waits for Sviatoslav to return from captivity.