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Yana Rykhlitska, a 29-year-old paramedic of the 93rd brigade, died close to Bakhmut, Ukraine. (Ukrainian Protection Ministry)

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky expressed gratitude on International Women’s Day to all the ladies who’ve fought or died for Ukraine because the conflict with Russia continues.

Zelensky devoted his message to “all the ladies who work, train, research, rescue, heal, battle — battle for Ukraine,” in addition to “all the ladies who gave their lives for our nation.”  

A Ukrainian girl who lately died, Yana Rykhlitska, was a 29-year-old paramedic working with the 93rd Separate Mechanized Brigade. She was killed on March 3 close to the embattled metropolis of Bakhmut, the nation’s protection ministry stated in a submit that includes a number of footage of Rykhlitska.  

“She was evacuating the wounded when the automotive she was in bought shelled,” the protection ministry stated. “Yana was a real hero, able to threat her life to assist others. Everlasting reminiscence and glory to our fallen heroes!” 

Certainly one of Rykhlitska’s pals, Tetiana Samsonova, who’s a volunteer, advised CNN on Monday that Rykhlitska labored at a stabilization level in Bakhmut, which “is a spot the place the wounded are being ready for the lengthy journey to the medical doctors to make sure their survival.”

“A number of days earlier than she died, I texted to her, ‘handle your self’. There was some sense of hysteria for her. Later I noticed that different folks have been texting her the identical factor on the identical time,” she stated.  

“The final time we spoke with Yana was the identical day she handed away, a couple of hours earlier. I texted her and requested how she was doing. She replied, ‘enjoyable,’ which meant that there was numerous work, and that ‘everybody was nonetheless alive’,” Samsonova stated. 

Samsonova stated she met Rykhlitska eight years in the past.

“I taught her drawing. She had her personal distinctive magic. Even when she wasn’t carrying make-up or costumes. This, in fact, helped her on the entrance. This magic, and her humorousness,” she stated. 

“There have been three of us, volunteer pals. My pal texted the subsequent morning that Yana was gone. And my first thought was that I hated my instinct,” Samsonova stated.  

“Once we requested her mother and father in the event that they wanted assist, they flatly refused. They stated that each one the cash folks wished to lift would go to assist the Ukrainian military, similar to Yana wished,” she stated. “She was extraordinarily heroic. I do not know who amongst my acquaintances has performed extra for Ukraine than she has.” 

Rykhlitska’s funeral was on Tuesday within the western-central metropolis of Vinnytsia, the place she lived earlier than the beginning of Russia’s full-scale invasion. 

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