Soldier Ihor Murenets, call sign "PSIKH"


My name is Ihor Murenets, born in 1994. I was born and raised in Borova. After finishing school, I graduated from Kupyansk Motor Transport College. On 16th March 2016, I decided to defend my homeland in the Armed Forces of Ukraine, signed a contract and began my service in the Borova military unit.

In the autumn of 2016, as part of the 72nd separate mechanised brigade, I was seconded to Avdiivka, Donetsk region. I served there for a year. Throughout this time, military operations were taking place there, and enemy shelling practically continued incessantly.

After Avdiivka, I returned to the peaceful territory of Ukraine. For some time I served in Velykyi Burluk, then again in my native Borova. In 2018, as part of the 28th Separate Mechanised Brigade, I was assigned to serve in Krasnohorivka, Mariinka district, Donetsk region. And as they say, Krasnohorivka divided my life into "before and after".

On 23rd August 2018, on the Day of the State Flag of Ukraine, on the eve of the Independence Day, when only six months remained until the end of my contract, at about 16:30 we delivered water to the positions of our fellowmen and were on our way back to the base. We were looking forward to celebrating the holidays, but didn't make it... Our vehicle was hit by an enemy anti-tank guided missile. My partner was killed on the spot, and I was seriously wounded.

My fellow soldiers immediately evacuated me to the Kharkiv Military Hospital. Later, I was airlifted to Kyiv. There, military doctors saved my wounded arm, but unfortunately, they had to amputate my legs.

I stayed in hospital for a year and a half, then returned home to peaceful life in the village of Borova, Kharkiv region. I gradually learnt to live in new circumstances. In 2020, I took part in the Games of Heroes project. After a full-scale Russian invasion, I had to leave my home and move to the city of Khmilnyk, Vinnytsia region, because hostilities and then occupation broke out at home.

I applied with the Citizen Charitable Foundation because now I need modular  prostheses of both hips with an electronically controlled knee unit.

After receiving a modern prosthesis, I dream of returning to military service. In the army, everything is straightforward and clear. You are always in action and aware of all events. This is where I can be useful, do what I do best, and defend my homeland.

COLLECTING: UAH 392,748.28