Fight for rights and dignity of ATO combatants
In 2015, lawyer Svitlana Ostapenko’s success became a legal precedent for Kharkiv region in Ukraine. It was the first time when the regional court confirmed the participation and death of a combatant while on mission in the counter-terrorism operation (ATO in Ukrainian).
Vasyl’s son, Oleksandr Brychuk, 39, was killed in the counter-terrorism operation (in ATO zone). However, his death certificate failed to indicate that he had been killed while on mission.
The lawyer appointed through the Ukrainian Legal Aid System persuaded the court to recognize that Vasyl’s son had participated and had been killed in hostilities in the ATO zone. Following the court judgment, the family of deceased ATO zone soldier was able receive their social allowance.
Filmed by Andriy Lahutin.