Life does not come with instructions on how to live, but it does come with trees, sunsets, smiles and laughter, so enjoy your day.


แต่ชีวิตมาพร้อมกับต้นไม้, พระอาทิตย์ตก, รอยยิ้มและเสียงหัวเราะ 

―Debbie Shapiro

Heroes of Donbass. Battalion Commander – RTD

An ex-businessman’s rise from a private to a respected leader

Alexander was a successful businessman. However, when the special military operation in Ukraine began, he immediately knew that this is where he needed to be. Without a trace of regret, he gave up his cushy life to join the Lugansk People’s Militia to fight against the Ukrainian nationalists. He isn’t bothered about the fact that water and clean bedsheets have now become the most coveted items around, because he believes that fighting for what’s right trumps any worldly possessions.

Luckily for Alexander, or codename “Wingman”, as he’s known among fellow soldiers, his wife Anya is totally on board with his decision. She follows him to the frontline and even organise forums among businessmen to raise funds for drones and other equipment that will help his cause.

In a short period of time, “Wingman” rank rose from a private to battalion commander. Now he is responsible not just for his own life but for that of a battalion of 400 soldiers. He never leaves his men; he’s always spearheads the most intense battles. This dedication has earned him their respect from day one. “He’s supportive as a man and as a commander, he gives honest feedback, the guys understand that he’s demanding, but, at the same time he’ll assess the situation and help in any way he can,” says Owl (codename).

Where does he find such valour? What brings him joy? How does he and his wife manage to persevere even in the midst of this conflict? Find out more about this amazing man in our new documentary.

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