The youngest battalion commander in the Ukrainian military Dmytro “Da Vinci” Kotsyubaylo, who was a volunteer of the Ukrainian Right Sector Volunteer Corps and a Hero of Ukraine, was reportedly killed while serving on the front line in Donbas.
Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has announced the death of a Ukrainian serviceman, Dmytro Kotsyubailo, who was a commander of the 1st separate mechanized battalion of the Ground Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
In a recent video address, President Zelenskyy shared the tragic news of the death of Dmytro Kotsiubailo, a volunteer and Hero of Ukraine who was a symbol of courage for many.
“Dmytro, who was also known as “Da Vinci,” was a commander in the 67th separate mechanized brigade, and he lost his life while fighting for Ukraine in the battle near Bakhmut. His bravery and sacrifice will not be forgotten” President Zelenskyy said.
Who was Ukrainian commander Dmytro Kotsyubaylo?
Dmytro Kotsiubailo was born on November 1, 1995, in the village of Zadnistrianske, which is now part of the Burshtyn community in the Ivano-Frankivsk Raion of the Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast in Ukraine.
After completing his education at Bovshivka secondary school and the Ivano-Frankivsk art high school, Dmytro became an active participant in the Dignity Revolution, a series of protests in Ukraine calling for democratic reform and the end of corruption.
Kotsyubailo was a well-known Ukrainian volunteer who took part in the Revolution of Dignity in 2014 and continued to defend Ukraine since then. Despite being only 18 years old at the time, he became the commander of a platoon of volunteers and later a company.
He was seriously injured in Pisky, Donetsk Oblast, that same year but recovered and returned to the front lines.
Dmytro’s bravery and dedication to his country did not go unnoticed, and on March 17, 2016, he was appointed commander of the 1st Mechanized Battalion “Da Vinci Wolves” in the Armed Forces of Ukraine. He led his unit with courage and skill, inspiring his fellow soldiers to fight for their country’s freedom.
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