On April 4, Kharkivites paid their respect to volunteer and combatant Yana Chervona who was killed in Donbas on April 2. A mourning ceremony took place in the heart of the city near the Shevchenko Monument.
The senior soldier, machine gunner Yana Chervona, call sign Vedma (Witch in Ukrainian), and junior sergeant Oleksandr Milyutin, call sign Ded (Grandfather in Ukrainian), the fighters of the Donbas volunteer battalion, were killed at 1.30 p.m. on April 2 in Novozvanivka-Popasna area, Luhansk region, as a result of 152-caliber howitzer hostile fire.
Before the Revolution of Dignity, Yana Chervona was a housewife. At the end of 2013, she took part in Kharkiv Euromaidan: Yana participated in rallies at the Shevchenko Monument and marched around the city together with other patriots. Subsequently, she joined Kharkiv Self-Defense.
When the war started, Yana began to collect aid for the Aidar battalion near Kharkiv shopping malls. In summer 2016, she decided to join the army. At first, she served in the 54th brigade and later transferred to Donbas volunteer battalion.
In her interview to Channel 24, Yana spoke about the origin of her call sign. It was invented by her friend. “Why do I use Witch call sign? I don’t know. Maybe it is just a matter of personality. Also, I often can forecast when something bad is going to happen. But when I behave too nicely, the guys joke that it’s time to change the call sign into Fairy,” the soldier recalled.
Yana’s sword brothers will always remember her as a bright and smiling person.
She would have turned 40 in two weeks. Yana left behind two kids: a 10-year-old son and 8-year-old daughter and her grieving husband.
Yana will live on in hearts of Ukrainians and her life will be continued in her children.
Text: Natalia Ivanova
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