Mariupol defender, Azov commander Oleh Mudrak, starved while in Russian captivity, dies of heart failure

23 February, 11:39 AM
Oleh Mudrak (Photo:_mudrak.d_/Insatram)

Oleh Mudrak (Photo:_mudrak.d_/Insatram)

Oleh Mudrak, a defender of Azovstal, captain and commander of the first battalion of the Azov Regiment, with the call sign Sukhar, has passed away after surviving Russian captivity and torture, the defender's nephew, Danylo, reported on Instagram on Feb. 22.

Danylo said his uncle always said that he did not want his death to be a "celebration of tears." He wanted his loved ones to get together and smilingly recall the best moments associated with him.

"He was glowing with life, enjoying it and lighting up the hearts of all the people around him," Danylo said.

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“He did everything possible to make me the person I am today. That is why he will never disappear from my mind and heart. I want to be a man worthy of Oleh, so that he would look at me from Valhalla and feel only proud of me.”

He did not specify the cause of Mudrak's death, but Kateryna Prokopenko, the wife of Azov commander Redis, posted on Instagram that the soldier, who survived torture, captivity and the Olenivka attack, had had a heart attack at home.

"The heart of the soldier who went through hell has stopped," Prokopenko said in her Instagram story.

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Photo: Screenshot koza_rohata_/Instagram

“Such are the consequences of captivity and torture. I don't want to think about what lies ahead, but we will definitely take revenge.”

Mudrak had fought in the war since the first days of 2014. In 2022, he and his brothers-in-arms defended Mariupol and then Azovstal.

In May 2022, the 36-year-old soldier was taken prisoner by Russia, where he lost a lot of weight. In August last year, journalist and writer Stanislav Aseev published a photo of the soldier, who looked emaciated.

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