Military medics of Ukraine
Vyktor Ivchuk
Commander of the 555th hospital of Mariupol

Viktor Mykhailovych Ivchuk – (born July 13, 1983), colonel of the Medical Service of the Armed Forces of Ukraine; the first military medic who got the Order of “Bohdan Khmelnytskyi” III degree; awarded the title of Hero of Ukraine with the “Golden Star” medal.

In 2010 graduated from Vinnytsia National Medical University named after Pirogov.

In 2016 graduated from the Ukrainian Military Medical Academy, obtained a master’s degree in the specialty Organization of medical support of troops (forces), obtained the qualification of a professional in the organization and management of health care, an officer of military management at the operational and tactical level.

Viktor Ivchuk is a legendary person. Since 2014 was in Donbas as part of the 95th separate airborne assault brigade as a chief medical officer. Took part in the most famous Raid of the 95th. During the assault on Savur-Mohyla, he was gunshot wounded, but despite this, he organized a special operation to evacuate dozens of wounded comrades.

Exactly one month before the full-scale war, on January 24, 2022, Viktor Mykhailovych was transferred from Kyiv to the city of Mariupol to the position of commander of the 555th military hospital.

From the beginning of the full-scale invasion of Russia, thanks to the commander Ivchuk Victor and the team of doctors of the hospital, hundreds of lives of the defenders of Mariupol and its residents were rescued. The number of wounded increased every day, and surgeries were held under fire in basements in helmets and body armor. The hospital was constantly shelled and purposefully bombed!

Another bomb hit the hospital in mid-March, and it was no longer possible to stay there. All the medical personnel, together with the wounded, divided into two groups. The first joined the Ukrainian military at Azovstal, the second, including the commander – Viktor Ivchuk – went to the Ilyicha metallurgical plant.

On April 11, 2022, by decree of President Volodymyr Zelenskyi, Ivchuk Viktor Mykhailovych was awarded the title of Hero of Ukraine, and on April 12, he and his staff were taken prisoner.

The wife remembers the last phone conversation with her husband at the beginning of April – he was saying goodbye to her and to his son, because he did not know what was waiting for them, whether they would live another day, whether they would be able to endure.

He and the rest of the doctors have been in captivity for a year. They saved the lives of both military and civilians until the last, and the country cannot SAVE THEM yet!

His son, wife, parents, brother are waiting for him at home.