The National Guard told about the spokesman of «Azov», who gave a press conference in fluent English.
Azov spokesman Illia Samoilenko surprised everyone with fluent English during a press conference of Mariupol defenders. After that, the press service of the National Guard published interesting facts about him.
«Many people watched the interviews of Azov commanders from Mariupol yesterday. But we are sure that few people know who Illia Samoilenko is, ”the National Guard explained.
He went to war at the age of 21
lllia Samoilenko went to war in 2015, when he was 21 years old.
«I already had friends here who called for me. My will to fight is a way to understand myself as a citizen. Just like it used to be in ancient Greece: Do you want to be a citizen? Welcome to military service. I finally made up my mind to go [and join the army] in 2015,» he said in an interview.
He has a prosthetic hand and an artificial eye
The National Guard reports that Illia Samoilenko lost his left arm during combat. Now, he has a titanium mechanical prosthesis and, like other defenders of Mariupol, he defends Azovstal.
The hand is not the only battle loss. Illia also lost his right eye. Now, the eye is artificial.
«I was blown up by my own ammunition while installing a tripwire because an enemy projectile fell nearby.
It hit me all at once — in the face, in one arm, and a leg,» — he said.
The splinter got stuck next to the carotid artery, but lllia’s fellow soldiers were nearby. This saved his life.
He was recalled to active duty once he recovered after the injury.
He studies history
lllia is a future historian. He has studied at the Faculty of History at Kyiv National University. He dreams of completing his studies after the war.
Azovstal defenders presser
It will be recalled that on May 8, Azov Regiment’s Commanders defending Azovstal gave a press conference. They told about their struggle. They thanked the world community for economic and military assistance to Ukraine but questioned the effectiveness of sanctions against Russia and named the conditions for their rescue.