4 people killed, including 2 children

Darmobid family was shot by the Russian military in the temporarily occupied part of Zaporizhzhia region

Darmobid family. Photo from personal archive

34-year-old entrepreneur Nataliia Darmobid, her husband Oleksandr and their sons Vladyslav and Kyrylo were killed by the Russian military in the temporarily occupied village of Komysh-Zoria, the Zaporizhzhia region. 

The couple and their children resided in Poshtova Street, in a house they had built themselves. According to the police officers, the Russians shot Natalia and her family at close range in their house. The tragedy happened on November 17, 2022, the first information about the crime came out the next day. 

“Of course, we can only assume the reasons. But, in principle, it is obvious, from the point of view of formal logic, to assume that when a drunken mob comes to people, the reasons are clear… Just banditry, robbery, violence… What is there to reason about? Killers are just walking on our land,” said the head of the Zaporizhzhia Regional State Administration Oleksandr Starukh.

Nataliia Darmobid was an entrepreneur. Together with her husband, she provided services for installing windows and doors and sold kids clothes. Just weeks before Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, they opened an upgraded store at a new location.

“Responsible, serious, diligent people with a good reputation. The Darmobids were very well known in the neighborhood, because almost every local was their customer,” Nataliia’s friend told. “Everyone speaks of them as a hard-working, beautiful, role-model family.”

Darmobid family. Photo from personal archive

A friend remembers Nataliia Darmobid as a cheerful, sociable and modest person.

“It was very easy with her. An ordinary girl with her dreams. We went together to the vocational school in Berdiansk, we lived next door, we were friends. (…) This tragedy that had happened to them shook everyone so much. May the souls of the slaughtered rest in peace,” a family friend says.

Vladyslav Darmobid was 14. He studied in the 9th grade of a local school, and dreamed of becoming a professional e-sports’ player. His brother Kyrylo was only five.

The story was prepared by the Memorial. The platform collects stories of servicemen and civilians killed by Russia.

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