Ukrainian journalist-turned-Lieutenant disappears during Donetsk combat mission

Journalist Oleksandr Petrakovskyi went missing at the front
Journalist Oleksandr Petrakovskyi went missing at the front

The Ukrainian Armed Forces commander, former Ukrainian journalist, Lt. Oleksanr Petrakovskyi, went missing during a combat mission in Donetsk Oblast, the Ukrainian media Institute of Mass Information (IMI) reported on Facebook on June 3.

Petrakovskyi was reported missing on the front line near Chasiv Yar, the IMI said, citing the command of his military unit. The soldier disappeared during a combat mission on May 30 and has been officially listed as "missing under special circumstances." Petrakovskyi did not return from the mission, the IMI said.

"Inform the relatives," the message said.

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"Junior Lieutenant Oleksandr Viktorovych Petrakovskyi, born in 1977, commander of the mechanized company of military unit A42, who was loyal to his military oath, showed resilience and courage during a clash with the enemy near Chasiv Yar, Bakhmut district, Donetsk Oblast, on May 30, 2024, and went missing under special circumstances during the execution of his military duties."

Comrades cannot determine Petrakovskyi's fate because the position is currently under Russian control.

"He led the group in the last battle," Petrakovskyi's comrades told the reporters.

"The position was taken quickly but not for long... A mine hit the bunker. No one came out of it. We searched for the wounded with a drone. Our men went twice to retrieve the bodies but were unsuccessful. The position is now under enemy control."

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Petrakovskyi worked at the Ukrainian news agency since 2014. He joined the Territorial Defense Forces and defended his hometown of Irpin from the first days of Russia's full-scale invasion. After the liberation of the city, he was awarded the Order of Merit and the Order of Courage, III degree.

Over two years of Russia's full-scale war, he rose from Senior Sergeant to Junior Lieutenant and was leading a mechanized company for more than a year.

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