“My mother said that when we arrive, she will lock us in the cellar and won’t let us out” — Natalia, who defends her country in the Armed Forces of Ukraine together with her father and husband
We publish the story of one family, told on Facebook by the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
Natalia has been serving in the Armed Forces of Ukraine since 2019. She graduated as a technologist, worked at the plant for some time, and was in charge, as she says, of ensuring “the proper painting” of the armored personnel carriers. And then, she signed a contract and joined the Armed Forces.
Her husband serves in the Armed Forces as well. The couple got married two days before Russia has started the war. At first, the wedding was planned for April: with good weather, an arch of flowers, and a white dress… but, as if anticipating the events, the young couple suddenly changed plans. So they decided to get married on February 22, 2022, through the “Marriage in one day” service.
Natalia’s father has the nickname “Strila” (“Arrow”). He is a fighter of the 58th Separate Motorized Infantry Brigade. He has been in the Army since 2014. Before that, he worked as a shoemaker.
Already during the war, he graduated from the College of Light Industry. He says he was going to return to civilian life, but after a full-scale Russian invasion, he realized it was not the time. For 8 years he has been at home only on several vacations and had two short breaks in his Army service. And that is it.
— Our mother is a heroic woman. All the years of the war, in fact, she has been alone. When my father went to the frontline, he said, ‘Oh, I accidentally joined the army, I gonna be taken away.’ My mother asked, ‘Did you pass the medical commission at the military registration and enlistment office also by chance?’ — Natalia recounts family conversations with a smile.
— I was justifying myself with the words: It is a wild coincidence, — Natalia’s dad adds. — And there was another bonus — my wife had a sore throat, so she could not yell at me.