October 30 marks the anniversary of the tragic death of Amina Okueva, the well-known military volunteer. In the early stage of the Russian aggression in spring 2014, she joined the Ukrainian army as a combat medic and a sniper.
Born in Odesa, southern Ukraine, Okueva was the Chechen of the Ukrainian origin. She is remembered as a devoted fighter for the independence of Ichkeriya (the independent state in the North Caucasus that fought the Russian aggression in the 1990s, - 112 International) and Ukraine, which faced extremely tough military pressure from Russia.
Okueva was brutally murdered in an attack in Hlevakha, Kyiv region, on October 30, 2017. She was sitting in the car next to her husband and comrade-in-arms Adam Osmaev, when the car was ambushed. The shooters opened fire from assault rifles and disappeared immediately; Osmaev survived, suffering light injuries, and Okueva died instantly due to a headshot wound.
The investigation into Okueva's case is underway; the law enforcers suspect a Russian trial, as both Okueva and Osmaev are credited as the Kremlin's fierce adversary. Osmaev is known for being a suspect in preparing the assassination of Russian leader Vladimir Putin. Both of Chechens served with the International Peacekeeping Battalion named after Dzhokhar Dudaev (the paramilitary formation led by Adam Osmaev, which recruits fighters to stand against the Kremlin's aggression; since 2014, the formation has served in Donbas conflict on the side of the Ukrainian military, - 112 International).