Hero warrior Oleksandr Basalyha killed in Battle of Bakhmut

14 March, 11:31 AM
Oleksandr Basalyha (Photo:Iryna Rybakova/Facebook)

Oleksandr Basalyha (Photo:Iryna Rybakova/Facebook)

A squadron commander of the Ukrainian Armed Forces’ 93rd mechanized brigade, senior lieutenant Oleksandr Basalyha (call sign Mongol) was killed during fighting near Bakhmut, Donetsk Oblast.

The 31-year-old officer from Dnipro was an active participant in Ukraine’s Revolution of Dignity before defending his country against Russian aggression in Donbas, where he gained commendations for his work during the Battle of Debaltseve as part of the 1st separate tank brigade.

In 2016, Basalyha received the Order of Courage. Third Class for personal bravery. He later became a tank commander before beginning his command of the 93rd brigade on Feb. 24.

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Oleksandr was seriously wounded during the fighting in Bakhmut but recovered and returned to the front. He earned the Defender of the Motherland medal in December 2022.

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