Captain Mikhailyuk led the battalion out of encirclement after a 12-hour battle
Yuriy Mikhailyuk graduated from Kyiv National University in 2010. For two years he served as an officer-psychologist in a tank battalion, then transferred to a mountain assault unit. Since 2014, his battalion has been constantly on the front line. When Russia started bombing Ukrainian cities, Mikhailuk’s unit was already in position.
Under the command of the captain, the fighters carried out successful counterattacks, breaking all enemy plans to break through strategically important lines.
In mid-March, when the attack aircraft got into a cordon, Yuri managed to unite with a battalion of an adjacent military unit of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, save their wounded battalion commander and take the battalion under his command. The battle lasted over 12 hours. The enemy had a certain advantage in technology and manpower. But the combined unit held out and broke out of the encirclement. At the same time, destroying many invaders and their equipment.
Captain Mikhailyuk is called a talented and principled commander. At home, a real “flower garden” awaits him from the front – a mother, wife and two daughters.
“I am in Ukraine!” So Yuri traditionally answers the regular “where are you?” from relatives.
In March of this year, the officer was awarded the rank Hero of Ukraine. And the very next day, Yuri was wounded in battle. The defender, despite the bullet in his leg, continued to lead the unit. And only after repelling the attack agreed to the evacuation.