Oleksandr Makhov, a soldier of the 95th Air Assault Brigade, was killed near Izium yesterday, on May 4. He was 36.
When the war broke he volunteered to join the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Before that he worked as a reporter for Ukraina, Ukraine 24, and Dom TV channels.
In his video address, President Volodymyr Zelensky paid his respect to the memory of Oleksandr: "Today I will start with a story of one man. Of Oleksandr Makhov, a famous journalist. I am sure you have seen his reports on Ukraina and Dom channels. Perhaps, you have watched his commentary or his other pieces. He had always had his own position. A patriotic and honest position. And never any vanity. He had always been among the bravest and the first. He always worked in the hottest zones and strived to bring back some real material. Powerful material."
In 2017 Oleksandr was the first Ukrainian journalist to visit the Vernadsky Research Base in the Antarctic. At the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, he lived in Sanzhary, where the Ukrainians evacuated from China were placed, for two weeks.
On February 24, Makhov posted a Facebook message stating he was going to join the fight. "I am a veteran and a reservist, and I am going to the war. The time for the war of liberation has come! I will fight and kill — while I can. I serve the Ukrainian people!" — he wrote.