According to the 92nd Mechanized Brigade press service, on April 5, Viktor Helebrant, a 49-year-old junior sergeant who served in the 92nd Mechanized Brigade named after Otaman Ivan Sirko, was killed as a result of a fatal gunshot injury to his head. On April 10, Andrii Teperyk, a 24-year-old senior soldier of the same brigade, perished as a consequence of sniper fire. The wound to his body was fatal. Both servicemen lost their lives in the area of Zolote-5, Luhansk region.
On April 9, Viktor Helebrant was laid to rest in his native Krasnokutsk, Kharkiv region. His compatriots, ATO /JFO veterans, servicemen and sworn brothers came to pay their last tribute to the fighter.
“He aimed to be a worthy example for his ten-year-old son. Viktor has always been and will remain in our hearts a true patriot who has fully completed his civic duty. He was also a good friend who could share the last he had with others. He was always smiling and liked to joke and for sure a military professional. We will definitely take revenge on him,” said senior lieutenant Hennady Kovshyk, a deputy commander of the mechanized company for moral and psychological support.
In 2015, Viktor was mobilized and served for a year. After that, he soon realized that he could not stand by watching the deaths of Ukrainian soldiers in the east of Ukraine. In 2016 he signed a contract with the 24th brigade, and in 2018 with the 92nd brigade. Viktor Helebrant left behind a wife and a son. On April 14, Andrii Teperyk was buried at the local cemetery in his native village of Martove, Chuhuiv district. His fellow villagers, servicemen, sworn brothers, representatives of local authorities mourned the young fighter.
“Words can’t express the full depth of our grief. A real warrior and a Patriot with a capital letter passed away. He joined the army consciously in his prime when he was 20. He could have lived a long life, be loved and brought children up. However, Andrii went to war because he hated the occupants with all his heart,” admitted the military commissar of the Kharkiv region Yurii Kalhushkin.
Andrii left behind his grieving parents and a sister.
Text: Natalia Ivanova
Photo: armyinform.com.ua, 92nd Brigade’s FB page