Vadym Svyrydenko: “If I can inspire just one other person, I will be very happy”
Vadym fought in the ATO in 2014. He was mobilized, completed training and served with the 128th Separate Mountain Infantry Brigade. He was on the front lines in autumn, first at positions in the Luhansk oblast, and then near Yenakieve and Debaltseve in the Donetsk obl
17 - 18 August `17
Serhii Torchynskyi: “Grab any opportunity that comes your way – you never know where it will lead”
In August 2014, Serhii was in one of the hottest battles of the ATO – the defence of Savur-Mohyla in the Donetsk oblast. He suffered a shrapnel wound to the neck. Since his rehabilitation, he has been working as an inspector with the patrol police in Lutsk.
Oleksandr Pysarenko: “The Invictus Games are an opportunity to show that we are true Cossacks - strong in spirit and body!”
Oleksandr – captain of Ukraine’s Invictus team – is a seasoned soldier and athlete. He served in Iraq in 2005, and was a commander of the volunteer Sich battalion in the ATO. His athletic achievements include international competitions and title of Master of Sp
15 - 16 August `17
Pavlo Mamontov, Team Ukraine: “The Invictus Games isn’t about competition, it’s about friendship between veterans and soldiers with a similar fate”
Pavlo volunteered for the ATO and fought with the Azov battalion’s mortar unit. He suffered a severe arm injury during an attack. After a long recovery, he went on to get a diploma in rehabilitation so that he could help his wounded brothers return to living a full life.
09 - 10 August `17
Valerii Rak: “The Invictus Games are a challenge for all Ukraine”
“Sport is the best form of rehabilitation, I am convinced of this,” says Valerii Rak, who recently amazed doctors in Lviv with speedy recovery.
But in addition to sport, the soldier believes that the support of psychologists and your loved ones also means a
08 - 09 August `17
Oleh Zimnikov: “I never thought I’d make the national team”
Kharkiv native Oleh Zimnikov fought in the ATO with the 92nd Separate Mechanized Brigade. He was a unit commander in Ilovaisk, and then in Shchastia.
He says that even in the ATO he tried to do sport whenever he could. He continued to do so even after his in
07 - 08 August `17
Oleksandr Tkachenko, member of Invictus Games Team Ukraine: “The support of your friends and family is very important”
Oleksandr knows that an injury is no reason to stop doing sports. It’s even a reason to start.
That’s exactly what Oleksandr did. Although he’s always like sport, he only began training regularly after his injury. “I’m no expert, but I can
03 - 04 August `17
Pavlo Budaievskyi: “No matter what happens in war, you can find the strength to continue living a full life”
Pavlo believes the Invictus Games are one of the best ways to inspire wounded and injured soldiers to continue living a full life.
“War is a different world, it changes you, but you can return to a normal life,” the athlete explains.
Serhii Molodid: “If I am given the chance to represent Ukraine, then I must do so with dignity”
Serhii has more than 10 years of professional cycling under his belt, with medals in road racing and mountain biking. A serious injury in the ATO almost took all this away from him. But the soldier’s fortitude prevailed over circumstances.
The story of Vasyl Pashkevych – a member of Ukraine’s Invictus Team
Vasyl had dreamt of joining the army since he was a little boy. After school he entered the National Academy of Ground Forces in Lviv, and it was during his second year there that he began powerlifting. Driven to succeed, he quickly mastered the sport and was soon winning compet