Svitlana from Cherkasy enrolls in army after her son’s death in Donetsk Airport


War in the Donbas

Translated by: Christine Chraibi

Svitlana Chorna-Tereshchenko from Cherkasy lost her son a year ago. When Andriy was killed in the battle for Donetsk Airport, Svitlana decided to perpetuate his work and joined the army. She now serves in the Cherkasy military bureau.

Svitlana is very proud of her son and often thinks of her brave young Cyborg. She has kept all his personal belongings – pictures, sports medals, poems – everything is still in his room. Her son’s beloved German Shepherd, Zlosya, helps her overcome sadness and despair.

Andriy has been gone for a year. He didn’t hide from the war. He had military experience, so he went to fight as a volunteer in August 2014. His fellow Cyborgs remember him as a smart, tough and brave young man.

At the army bureau, Svitlana is called “the mother of the hero who fought and died for peace in Ukraine”. Svitlana often visits local schools and tells young schoolchildren about her son and the war.

Svitlana has a hard time coming to terms with her son’s death. Her childhood friend and colleague, army psychologist Valentyna Savchenko often talks to her and gives her advice.

Svitlana has someone else to live for – a 20-year-old daughter, Valentyna. The Cyborg’s mother is sure that people will remember her hero son for a very long time. She hopes that his sacrifice was not in vain and peace will soon come to Ukraine.

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Translated by: Christine Chraibi

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