Serhii Ilnytskyi, Invictus Games Team competitor: “I didn’t let my injury stop me”
When war broke out in the east of Ukraine, Serhii didn’t have a choice of going or not. He was a serviceman all his life. He joined the ranks of the Soviet Army at age 18, and in 1991 took an oath of allegiance to the people of Ukraine. He served 23 years in the
03 October `18
Denys Fishchuk, Invictus Games Team Ukraine competitor: “Support is important, but if you set goals for yourself, then it is up to you to pursue them”
Cherkasy native Denys Fishchuk is the only representative of the Security Service of Ukraine on the team. Right now he’s a retired reservist, but until recently he was defending Ukraine’s eastern border from Russian attacks. He suffered a closed head injury
01 October `18
Viktor Shynkaruk, Invictus Games Team Ukraine competitor: “The Invictus Games isn’t about competition. It’s about rehabilitation and communication between veterans”
Viktor Shynkaruk is returning to the Invictus Games. Last year the serviceman of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine was on the reserve squad and went with the team to Toronto.
He says that after being at the international competition he was c
28 September `18
Oleksandr Chalapchii, Invictus Games Team Ukraine competitor: “Don’t give up, move forward. If you give up just once, it’s over”
“We were walking when there was an explosion. I didn’t even understand anything. With two legs blown off I reported on my radio that I was injured. At first they thought I was joking. Then they took me to the hospital. The rest I only remember in bits and p
26 September `18
Oleksandr Zozuliak, Invictus Games Team Ukraine competitor: “Right now the Invictus Games for me is a lifestyle”
“A tank rode over me during battle. Because I was slightly dazed from the explosion of the shell behind me, I rolled into a trench. When I came round, I heard the rumble of a tank and saw that it was heading towards me over the trench,” Oleksandr Zozuliak r
24 September `18
Oleksandr Bielobokov, Invictus Games Team Ukraine competitor: “It’s important for us to perform once again, in this way we know that we can serve again
Oleksandr lives in Mariupol and is the only member of the Ukrainian team from the Donetsk region (Eastern Ukraine). He returned from the war with a shrapnel wound to his left forearm that almost left him without an arm.
Volodymyr Korol, Invictus Games Team Ukraine competitor: “When I see Prince Harry I’ll say “Thank you”
Thousands of men were mobilized to the ATO zone, Volodymyr Korol had been one of them. For more than two years he defended Ukraine on the eastern border, operating a gun within one of the 30th Separate Mechanized Brigade units. He returned home after suffering a severe
19 September `18
Yevhen Oleksenko, Invictus Games Team Ukraine competitor: I’m motivated by the desire to defend Ukraine’s honour in front of the whole world”
Last year Yevhen Oleksenko was part of Ukraine’s reserve team to the Invictus Games. In 2018, a record-setting bench press at the team trials in Kyiv put him on the path to the competition team at the Sydney Games.
Oleksandr Havrylenko, Invictus Games Team Ukraine competitor: “Do sports and never give up”
Between 2014 and 2016 Oleksandr Havrylenko served four rotations in the ATO: in Chervony Lyman, Sloviansk, Mykolayivka. Before the outbreak of war he worked in the police, but with the start of hostilities he volunteered for the front. In 2015 he suffered shrapnel woun
08 September `18
Bohdan Oksentiuk, Invictus Games Team Ukraine competitor: “I want to show that life doesn’t end with injury”
Bohdan is a senior lieutenant with the National Guard of Ukraine. For him, as for an active serviceman, the Invictus Games is foremost an opportunity to show other wounded fighters that they can continue living a full life.