Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky decorated brave soldier Oleksandr Matzievsky as a “Hero of Ukraine” before he was hanged by the Russians, a “glory to Ukraine”.
Oleksandr Matzievsky, decorated hero of UkrainePhoto: Volodymyr Zelensky / Twitter
Oleksandr Matsievskyi was born in Chisinau and is 42 years old.
“I conferred the title of Hero of Ukraine on Oleksandr Matzievsky. A Ukrainian warrior. A man who will be known and remembered forever.
For his courage, faith in Ukraine and “Glory of Ukraine!”. Glory to the hero! Glory to the knights! Glory to Ukraine!” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky declared on Sunday.
I awarded the title of Hero of Ukraine to Oleksandr Matzievsky. A Ukrainian warrior. A man who will forever be known and remembered. For his bravery and his faith in Ukraine, “Glory to Ukraine!” Glory to the hero! Glory to the knights! Glory to Ukraine! pic.twitter.com/uKUKIhCfMp
— Volodymyr Zelenskyi (@ZelenskyyUa) March 12, 2023
He fought near the soledar
According to the Directorate of Military Defense Forces “North” of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, on December 30, 2022, Matzievsky, together with four comrades, engaged in a battle with Russian forces near Soledar.
The 119th Separate Regional Defense Force reported that reinforcements were unable to penetrate their position due to continuous mortar fire and heavy small arms fire.
No further details are known about this battle, in particular, how Matzewski became a prisoner of war. His comrades-in-arms were killed or disappeared.
Before the Russian invasion, Oleksandr Matzewski worked as an electrician in Kiev. After the start of the war, he volunteered for the territorial defense of the city of Nizhny in the Chernihiv region.
“Hero of Ukraine”, born in Chisinau
Sasha, as her relatives affectionately called her, was born on May 10, 1980 in the Republic of Moldova, where her mother was Paraskovia Mykhailivna. He worked as a technician in a shoe factory in Chisinau. There, Oleksandr later graduated from high school and electrical engineering college. The family then returned to Nizhny, Ukraine.
Until February 2022, Oleksandr worked as an electrician in Kiev. From the first day of the war, he went to Nijin, but could not immediately join the army. He helped build fortifications, manned the checkpoint, prepared bottles of Molotov cocktails and urged them to return to the recruiting center. On March 11, he was inducted into the Nijin Regional Defense Battalion.
In December, when the battalion was about to deploy to the east, Oleksandr did not tell his mother that he was going to an active combat zone because he did not want her to worry. After saying goodbye to his mother, he thanked her for giving birth to him.
On December 29, he called his mother and that was their last conversation. “Mom, I will never surrender!” After Saha said that, she realized that her son was in the front row.
Sasha’s mother met him again at the Kiev morgue, where she recognized him.
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