'Mother of 12' is killed on Ukrainian frontline

‘Mother of 12’ is killed on Ukrainian frontline: Heroic combat medic, 48, left her six children and six MORE adopted orphans to help repel Putin’s invasion

  • Medic Olga Semidyanova, 48, was killed in a gun battle near Donetsk on March 3
  • Her family say they have been unable to collect her body due to ongoing hostility
  • Olga has served in the army since 2014 and died from a wound to the stomach 

Tributes have been paid to a combat medic and mother who was killed battling Russian troops in Ukraine. 

Olga Semidyanova was fatally injured during a firefight in the city of near Donetsk in the south of the country and it was reported the 48-year-old continued fighting after much of her unit had been killed.

According to Ms Semidyanova’s family, she was killed by a shot to her stomach but her body has yet to be recovered because of continued fighting in the area which has left her family distraught.

Tributes have been paid to Olga Semidyanova who has been killed battling Russian troops

The combat medic and mother of 12 children has served in the Ukrainian army since 2014

Her daughter, Julia, told the Sun: ‘She saved the soldiers to the last. We have photos from the place of death — but due to heavy fighting we still can’t bury my mother.’ 

The medic, who had the honorary title ‘Mother Heroine’, had served in the military since 2014 and was killed on the border between Donetsk and Zaporizhzhia oblasts on March 3, the Kyiv Independent has reported. 

The 48-year-old had six children but also had adopted six more children from a local orphanage.

She lived in the city of Marhanets which was about 150 miles away from where she was killed earlier this month.

The title Mother Heroine is given to women who have had more than five children.

Tributes poured in after news of her death broke, lead by members of the Ukrainian government.

The 48-year-old had six children but also adopted six more children from a local orphanage

Olga Semidyanova was 150 miles from her home fighting near Donetsk when she was shot

Anton Gerashchenko, an adviser to the country’s Interior Ministry, told the Sun: ‘She was slain in a confrontation with Russian thugs.

‘Even when she believed her regiment might not survive, she emphasised her desire to protect the country until the end. She is a national hero. She is a hero to me.’

Ukrainians have also begun paying their respects on social media as news of her death has been reported. 

Marina Ivanchenko said on Facebook: ‘This Ukrainian woman is truly a hero.’

Another user said: ‘RIP Olga Semidyanova, hero of Ukraine defender of Europe.’

Other users described her as a hero and a saint while Chuk Towers posted: ‘Olga Semidyanova fought till the end for her country. RIP hero.’

It comes after mourners paid their respects to soldiers killed in a strike on a military base in Yavoriv.

Flowers are placed around the graves of soldiers Roman Rak and Mykola Mykytiuk in Starychi

People attend a funeral ceremony for Ukrainian military servicemen Roman Rak and Mykola Mykytiuk in Starychi, western Ukraine, Wednesday, after they were both killed in action

Two men were among those killed on Sunday when Russian missiles struck a military base, a hub of military cooperation between Ukraine and NATO countries. At least 35 people died in total.

On Wednesday, three days later, the villagers gathered in Starychi to bury Roman Rak and Mykola Mykytiuk. They were soldiers, men in their late 40s and early 50s. 

Loved ones and fellow soldiers, many their age or older, with paunches and fraying hair, were the first to mourn. 

‘These guys were like angels for us,’ said a local deacon, Taras Hlova. ‘They died protecting us.’

Even he, living seven kilometers from Sunday’s attack, was woken up by it. He saw the glow in the sky. His wife, a nurse, spent the next full day treating the wounded.

‘I thought they’d be crazy to attack so close to NATO countries,’ he said of Russia. ‘I hope God has mercy on us.’ 

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