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Donbas: Ukrainian serviceman dies after saving daughter's life during artillery attack

Both sustained severe combat injuries and were taken to the military hospital in Dnipro; the daughter who serves as a combat medic is recovering
10:46, 1 June 2018

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Staff Sergeant of Ukraine's Armed Forces died of critical wounds at the Chief Military Hospital in Dnipro, southeastern Ukraine. Serhiy Ryzhenko, the chief medical officer, said this on June 1.

'The man underwent a lot of surgeries. Our best critical care physicians booted his heart four times. Another hero became a victim, protecting the future of Ukraine and his family', Ryzhenko posted on Facebook.

The man covered his daughter with his own body, using it as a shield during the artillery attack of Russian militants in Donbas, which took place recently.

The deceased man's name was Mykola; the 48-year-old native of central Ukraine and his daughter, a combat medic, served in the same unit.

When their position went through a sudden attack, Mykola sustained a tough injury to the skull, as the shell exploded three meters away from them.

The daughter, Yaroslava, suffered an acoustic barotrauma and concussion. She survived and is now recovering.

Related: 24 hours in Donbas: Nine attacks, two Ukrainian serviceman died of combat wounds

Related: Militants use artillery, injure two Ukrainian soldiers in Donbas

Related: "Militants are scared": What Joint Forces Operation changed in Donbas, - Defense Ministry

Related: 107 civilian fatalities in Donbas since early 2018, - OSCE SMM

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