By Lyudmila Chayka
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine
Legends of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
Now the face of one of the best military engineers [a sapper] in the Armed Forces of Ukraine, a legendary soldier with the call sign “Frenchman,” can be seen on stamps released into circulation by the Ukrainian State Postal Enterprise “Ukrposhta.” A series of stamps featuring our soldiers is entitled: “For the honor! For the glory! For the people!”
This serviceman is one of the best specialists in the field. He participated in the battle of Savur-Mohyla – creating mine fences under dense enemy fire to save the lives of our soldiers. Despite the shelling of snipers and enemy infantry, he neutralized mined crossings and bridges allowing Ukrainian soldiers to maneuver. His installed mines stopped convoys of Russian occupation forces nearby Mariupol.
Just this fall, bandits of the so-called “Novorossiya” offered 30 thousand hated-by-them USD for the head of this brave serviceman of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. And the Chechen leader, Kadyrov, doubled that rate, provided that “Frenchman” was brought to Kadyrov’s residence alive.
The number of enemy land and anti-personnel mines, booby traps, and other explosive devices neutralized by “Frenchman” amounts already to, not numbers or even pounds … it is now measured in [metric] tons.
However, he does not see anything heroic in his work. He says that he just does what he knows and can [do]. But all of Ukraine’s defense rests exactly on people like “Frenchman.” People about whom legends are made on the front lines and in whose military work both soldiers and commanders are one hundred percent confident.