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Vira Vovk, grandmother of a killed serviceman, donated to the Armed Forces the money she had collected for her grandson’s wedding

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Serviceman Denys Karpenko died on April 15 as a result of shelling by Russian soldiers at the Oleksandriia airfield. He was 25 years old.

As his grandmother Vira Vovk tells it, “On April 9, when Denys and his wife Katia exited the marriage ceremony, they were so happy! They hugged me. It was our last meeting with Denys. I will never forget his happy face and incredibly happy eyes,” Mrs. Vira recalls. The guy was married for only six days. Now Denys’s mother and wife constantly go to his grave. The grandmother picked red poppies for him from her flowerbed.

The death of her grandson was a great loss for Mrs. Vira. But she is finding the strength to help the military bring Ukraine closer to victory. Since 2014, the woman has been handing over vegetables from the garden, pastries, and homecooked meals. On the ninth day after her grandson’s death, Vira Vovk decided to give the volunteers the money she had collected for his wedding. According to the woman, she did it to save someone’s life.

“Enjoy your meal, my dears! From Vira Oleksandrivna”. Photo from the personal archive

“Let this help be a drop in the ocean, but someone else will also contribute a few hryvnias and volunteers will be able to buy our soldiers thermal imagers or other necessary ammunition. I was ready that my grandson might fight at the front, but not for him to be killed on the airfield in his native Oleksandriia. In my dreams, he often comes to me and asks me not to cry, so I try my best to restrain myself and fulfill his request.”

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