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People's Hero of Ukraine, combat medic Roman Babych is killed in action 

26 January, 2023 Thursday

On January 25, the People's Hero of Ukraine, combat medic Roman Babych, who saved about 600 soldiers and evacuated people from the Donetsk airport, was killed at the front

The White Berets - Rivne special medical unit reported this. 

In the battles with the invading Russian forces, the instructor and combat medic of Ukraine's Armed Forces, Hero of Ukraine Roman Babych, was killed for the truth and freedom of Ukraine.

“He is one of those who stood at the origins of Ukrainian tactical medicine in 2014. He is one of the best instructors and combat medics. Now he is a Warrior of the Kingdom of Heaven! Honor,” military officer Yuriy Tarasiuk wrote. 

The insurance company, where the fighter worked as a director of the department, also informed about the death.

“Roman always wanted to be a doctor and help people. He realized this dream: first by saving the lives of soldiers in the anti-terrorist operation, then by teaching first aid to civilians. From the beginning of the full-scale invasion, Roman could not do otherwise: he took his family to a relatively safe place and went to protect us and the Motherland,” the statement says. 

The Veterans.UA project reports that, in total, Roman saved about 600 Ukrainian defenders.

Roman Babych was born in the Sumy region in 1985. He received his education in the specialty "general practitioner" at the Bogomolets National Medical University. He served in the 1st Mechanized Battalion of the 93rd Guards Detached Mechanized Brigade.

In September 2014, Roman volunteered to protect the borders in eastern Ukraine, having received the position of head of the medical center.

The defender was in the hottest spots, evacuating wounded and dead fighters from the Donetsk airport, Avdiivka, Pisky, Vodiane, Opytne, as well as from the strongholds of the Butivka mine.

Babych said: “January 13, 2015 is my second birthday. We, with one crew remaining for the entire battalion, were going to evacuate our paratroopers to the Donetsk airport, came under Grad fire, and only miraculously remained unharmed. On that day, a piece of asphalt, lifted by the explosion of a projectile, broke the windshield in the car from my side. The shard split against my helmet. We didn't stop, we drove to the meeting place, promptly provided help and took the boys to the nearest hospital.”

In 2015, he received the People's Hero of Ukraine award. In the same year, the man was demobilized.

After the start of the full-scale invasion, Roman returned to the war.

Roman Babych is survived by his wife and two children.

One of the members of the public control board under the Bureau of Economic Security, Hanna Maiboroda, writes: “You taught a huge number of people how to save lives. You are one of the best in Ukrainian tactical medicine. I just don't want to believe it, huge loss.”

The press officer of the 93rd Detached Mechanized Brigade Kholodnyi Yar, Iryna Rybakova, published the last photos of Babych at work with the wounded soldiers. 

"I'm publishing probably the last photos of Roman Babych. At least at work. That day, the day before yesterday, I came to see our doctors, just to say hello and hug. They brought the wounded, and Roman and his colleagues saved lives. I call it the sacrament of salvation, because the actions of our doctors, and in particular surgeons, always look amazing. After waiting for Roman to finish his work, I approached him in the corridor, because we never really talked. I once attended a day training in tactical medicine with him, when I was still in Carpathian Sich battalion. Roman said that he remembers me, follows the pages of 93rd Brigade on social networks and thanked me for my work. And I thanked him for it. And at night he and his three colleagues was killed,” Rybakova wrote.

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