Kovalchuk Yuriy Leonidovich was the fighting vehicle commander, the squad commander of the 25 th separate Dnepropetrovsk Airborne Brigade highly mobile airborne troops of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Sgt.
He was born in December 17, 1976 in Dnepropetrovsk (now - Dnipro).
In the spring of 2014 he was mobilized into the Armed Forces of Ukraine. He served in the 25 th separate Dnepropetrovsk Airborne Brigade highly mobile airborne troops of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (military unit A1126; urban village Hvardieske, Novomoskovsk district, Dniepro region).
Since the summer of 2014 he took part in anti-terrorist operation in eastern Ukraine.
In June 14, 2014 around 1:00 am, military transport aircraft IL-76 MD Air Forces of Ukraine, during the approach to the airfield Lugansk city, was hit by terrorists of portable anti-aircraft missile system. The plane had 40 soldiers of the 25 th separate Dnepropetrovsk Airborne Brigade, including Sergeant Kovalchuk and 9 crew members. As a result of the disaster, the entire personnel of troops and aircrew were killed.
In July 25, 2014 he was buried in the town cemetery of Dnepropetrovsk (now - Dnipro).
He was awarded the Order "For courage" of III degree (20.6.2014, posthumously).