Ukrainian serviceman dies after putting himself on fire in Kyiv

Source : 112 Ukraine

49-year-old Mykola Mykytenko passed away at a hospital. His daughter says he committed this act for political reasons
17:45, 14 October 2020

Mykola Mykytenko, Yulia Mykytenko
Facebook/Yulia Mykytenko

Mykola Mykytenko, the Ukrainian military man who put himself on fire at Maidan Nezalezhnosti Square in Kyiv, has passed away from severe burns. His daughter Yulia Mykytenko reported that on Facebook.

The man committed the act of self-immolation on the night of October 10 to October 11. The man had 90 percent of his body burned.

Yulia Mykytenko says he committed this act for political reasons. 

"He showed discontent with the government's actions, particularly with disengagement of forces on the division line and the crawling occupation by Russia. He was totally aware of his actions. He did not try to put out the fire. The young people approached and tried to, in the fountain at Maidan Nezalezhnosti", Yulia wrote. 

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Mykytenko was in a coma since October 12.

During Euromaidan protests in early 2014, the serviceman was the activist of Self-Defense of Maidan, which stood against the riot police and armed thugs hired by the-then government. When the war in Donbas began, Mykytenko volunteered for the National Guard and fought against Russian occupants. He was wounded in combat, then received treatment and returned to active military service.

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