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128 brigade in faces #55, Ivan, rifleman, soldier

"The hardest thing is to survive the artillery shelling, there were moments when you think - that's all. And then the fear passes and you are ready for battle again..."

- I am from Chernivtsi, before the full-scale war I was employed in the Czech Republic, working as a welder. He did not complete his military service, but when Russia invaded Ukraine, he himself went to the Military Commissariat and asked for a combat unit. That's how he got into the 128th brigade. There are many volunteers among my acquaintances.

For two months, we underwent intensive combat training at training grounds. We were taught to shoot with different types of weapons, the tactics of conducting urban battles, moving in pairs, providing emergency aid.

And then we were transferred to a combat position. It was very hot there, on the first day we were fired upon by enemy artillery and tanks, helicopters and SU planes covered us from the air, then the Russians went on an assault. But we repelled them.

During all this time, the nearest enemies approached us at 70 meters. It was a sabotage group that discovered our positions. They opened fire on us, we shot back, and after that, mortars started firing at our firing positions. During one such close combat, we shot two Russians, and later crawled after them from the landing and dragged them away.

The hardest thing is to survive artillery and mortar attacks, there were moments when you think - well, that's all. And then the fear passes and you are ready for battle again. I shot the Russians at close range many times. There was no psychological barrier - only a clear understanding that this is an enemy that has come to our land and must be destroyed. Nothing else is given.

Radio communication in that area is very bad, all nearby telecommunication towers have been destroyed by shelling. Once for a couple of days, I went to a safe distance, climbed a tree, caught a connection and briefly told my relatives: "I'm alive and well, everything is fine with me."

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