On March 14, 2022, a Ukrainian Volunteer Mykola Kravchenko, an active participant in the first battle of the Russian-Ukrainian War (the Rymarskaya Street Defence in Kharkiv on March 14, 2014) died near Kyiv as a result of Russian artillery shelling.
Mykola Kravchenko was an outstanding personality well known for his courage and organizational skills, analytical mind and incredible efficiency, ideology and true altruism. He was able to guide and inspire his subordinates, his activity went far beyond politics and war: he founded the first veteran publishing house “Landmark”, as well as a Writing Contest, initiated and promoted the celebration of the Day of Ukrainian Comics launching a special Comics Award to commemorate Leonid Perfetsky and the award of the Ukrainian Wikipedia “Wikimech”. Mykola Kravchenko was a founder of the Institute of National Development in Kyiv contributing to developing, drafting and submitting a number of important strategic level documents to the National Security and Defense Council, the Government of Ukraine, various ministries, etc.
Mykola Kravchenko was also engaged in research activities – his PhD thesis in History further inspired him to publish a unique historical book “Ukrainian Argonautics: Foreign Activity of UNA-UNSO (1991-2001)”. His dissertation was an attempt to provide insights into a completely unexplored topic of unregulated sources of military activity of the Ukrainian volunteer movement in 2014-2015.
He was the organizer and the leader of a number of public and political organizations that brought up and blessed lots of would be soldiers selflessly defending Ukraine now.
Heroes don’t die!