Battalion commander of the 72nd separate mechanized brigade named after Chernykh Zaporozhtsev, Major Andrei Verkhoglyad, died in a battle with Russian invaders. About it informs press service of the 72nd brigade.
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“Nobility and determination, courage and boundless, incredible cheerfulness. One of the best commanders, the pride of the brigade. It is impossible to imagine Andrei behind the curtain of earthly life. The hearts of our family are full of mourning and rage. We will torment the further path together. With you. Only you now hold the sky is above us,” the brigade said in a statement.
Andrey Verkhoglyad, call sign “Levsha”, was born in the city of Novograd-Volynsky, Zhytomyr region, in a military family. When the war began, Andrei was a 2nd year student at the National Academy of Land Forces named after Hetman Petro Sahaydachny. Graduation at the academy took place on February 28, 2016, and already on March 16, Verkhoglyad arrived in the war zone in the city of Volnovakha. He was appointed commander of the 1st 2nd mechanized company of the 1st mechanized battalion of the 72nd separate mechanized brigade.
During the fighting in the Avdiivka area, he was wounded – an LNG grenade exploded a few meters away. I had to leave the unit for two months.
Already at the end of January 2017, Lieutenant Verkhoglyad’s unit repelled an attack by an enemy sabotage and reconnaissance group in the industrial zone of Avdiivka.
He was awarded the Order of Bohdan Khmelnytsky II degree (March 26, 2022), the Order of Bogdan Khmelnitsky III degree (February 1, 2017), the non-state order “People’s Hero of Ukraine” (September 14, 2017).
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