Volunteers paid tribute to the captain of the Ukrainian Armed Forces

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On April 13th, 2014, the first battle of the antiterrorist operation took place near the village of Semenivka (Sloviansk District, Donetsk Region).  That day, six special forces of the Ukrainian Armed Forces from Alpha Division and the BTRs of the 80th airmobile brigade were ambushed by the combatants of illegal armed formations. The paratroopers didn't join the battle - they got in the BTR and stood at the place, having got the order not to open fire on the enemy. But, having broken the order, Vadym Sukharevskyi, senior lieutenant, commander of the 3rd company of the 80th airmobile brigade, opened fire from the BTR, so that the Alfa could retreat.  

In the result of the battle, four Alfa special troops were wounded, and their captain Gennady Belichenko deceased.

On April 13th, 2018, at the fourth anniversary of the battle there came to put the flowers and wreaths to the place of the captain's death his comrades-representatives of the Security Service and Alfa Special Operations Center and Sloviansk group of volunteers of "Black Tulip" Humanitarian Mission. 

"I remember how we came to this place six months after the battle. After the mine clearance of the territory, our group carried out the works on identifying unauthorized burial sites. At that moment the bodies of the deceased people were not found here. On the ground there was only a large number of shooting cartridges from the BTRs and spent cartridges from automatic weapons... ", recalls Olexiy Yukov, Head of voluntary group of "Black Tulip" in the city of Sloviansk.   


The volunteers expressed their condolences to the soldiers on the loss of their comrade, captain Genadiy Belichenko. The representatives of the Armed Forces in their turn thanked the volunteers of "Black Tulip" for returning home many Ukrainian soldiers from the ATO zone.


"Black Tulip" Humanitarian Mission (the project of Union People's Memory NGO) began its work on September 2nd, 2014. During this time, volunteers overcame more than 200 thousand kilometers, surveyed more than 110 settlements and locations. 

During the entire period of work, "Black Tulip" Mission discovered and evacuated the remains of 853 people on both sides of the front line.