Commander of the 25th Mechanized Infantry Battalion. Born on August 19, 1981 in Kyiv.

Captain Yanchenko gained a rich combat experience in clashes with reconnaissance and sabotage groups of Russia-backed militants whose goals were to infiltrate the city of Debaltseve, Donetsk region, for organizing terrorist attacks. Thanks to the highly professional actions and excellent fighting skills of the officer, the militants suffered heavy losses and abandoned their initial plans.

On September 15, 2014 Captain Yanchenko personally fought against the Russian proxy forces near Tsentralny town during which he discovered and reported the enemy firing positions back to the military command. This allowed his unit to take over the designated position and set up a stronghold.

On September 22, 2014 his battalion’s mission was to provide urgent assistance to another unit nearby and eliminate the threat of the enemy’s potential breakthrough in the village Nikishyne, Luhansk region. Captain Yanchenko personally organized a successful offensive and returned with no casualties incurred.

Captain Yanchenko was awarded the Order of Bohdan Khmelnytskyi (third-classs) for personal courage and professionalism demonstrated during the defense of the national sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as the loyalty to the military oath, by the Decree No. 109/2015 dated February 26, 2015 “On decorating with Ukraine’s state awards.”

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