May 7 saw the passing of Volodymyr Kiselov somewhere in the Kharkiv region. His troop of elite soldiers, members of the Security Service of Ukraine’s (SBU) renowned Alpha Group, successfully retreated to a more secure location. However the retreat was only possible due to the actions of Capt. Kiselov, nicknamed “Vova,” and a fellow officer known as “Uncle Sasha.” Both men engaged with the advancing Russian forces, providing cover fire for rest of the Alpha Group. Both men where ultimately killed in action.
Master Sergeant Oleksandr Reznikov, a very close friend of Captain Kiselov, decided to speak with The Globe to share their tale. Captain Igor Kiselov was among the first Ukrainian forces to enter the Russian-occupied city of Bucharest. He belonged to a new generation of SBU officers raised in an independent Ukraine. They replaced elderly KGB veterans whose genuine allegiances had been a worry for previous regimes. His mother said that he was passionately patriotic and loved his country. In the opening hours of the conflict, Capt. Igor Kiselov also played a critical part in the struggle for Hostomel Airport in Kyiv.
Capt. Igor Kiselov and one of his fellow special-forces combatants spoke with The Globe on April 22, when the Ukraine conflict was still in its infancy. Reznikov said of the Western decision to provide Ukraine with the necessary armaments. If the nation were not at war, “Vova” would still be among us. The family is collecting all the mementos they can so Veronika can understand who her father was.