Sergei Zhurikov

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Sergei Nikolayevich Zhurikov
Native name
Сергей Николаевич Журиков
Born(1980-11-21)21 November 1980
Sevastopol, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Died2 May 2014(2014-05-02) (aged 33)
Sloviansk, Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine
Allegiance Donetsk People's Republic
Service/branchDonbass People's Militia
Battles/warsWar in Donbass

Sergei Nikolayevich Zhurikov (Russian: Сергей Николаевич Журиков; 21 November 1980 – 2 May 2014) was a commander[1] of the Donbass People's Militia in the secessionist Donetsk People's Republic during the War in Donbass. He was killed in the Siege of Sloviansk fighting against Ukrainian government forces.

Biography[edit]

Sergei Zhurikov was born in Sevastopol (Crimea) on November 21, 1980. Before the Ukrainian crisis he served as a sacristan in Kiev Pechersk Lavra.[2]

During the Ukrainian crisis he joined separatist forces under the nom de guerre "Romashka" ("Daisy"),[3] and became one of the leaders of Sloviansk militia.

Death[edit]

During the early morning on 2 May, Ukrainian government forces launched a large-scale operation to retake the city of Sloviansk, starting the Second offensive.[4] During the fighting in the center of Sloviansk Sergei Zhurikov was shot by the sniper of Ukrainian army in 2 May 2014. After death he was buried in Seredyna-Buda, Sumy Oblast of Ukraine.[5][6]

Legacy[edit]

Russian poet Ivan Belokrylov [ru] dedicated a poem to Sergei Zhurikov called "Ballad of a Sexton".[7]

See also[edit]

  • Igor Strelkov – main leader of the separatist forces in Donbass.
  • Arsen Pavlov – another leader of separatist forces in Slavyansk, who replaced Sergei Zhurikov after his death.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Died one of the leaders of the people's militia in Slavyansk (Погиб один из лидеров народного ополчения в Славянске)". Взгляд. 2014-05-03. Retrieved 2016-12-14.
  2. ^ В Славянске погиб пономарь Киево-Печерской лавры, командовавший отрядом повстанцев. // Религия в Украине, 06.05.2014
  3. ^ Один из лидеров ополчения Славянска «Ромашка» погиб, ("Daisy", One of the leaders of the Slavyansk militia died)
  4. ^ "Government forces 'move on Sloviansk'". BBC News. 2 May 2014. Retrieved 13 December 2016.
  5. ^ Снайпер «Ромашка» или миротворец: на Сумщине похоронили Сергея Журикова (Sniper "Daisy" or the peacemaker: Sergey Surikov buried in Sumy region)
  6. ^ Один из лидеров ополчения Славянска «Ромашка» погиб, ("Daisy", One of the leaders of the Slavyansk militia died)
  7. ^ "Баллада о пономаре".