Death of an Ukrainian of French Foreign Legion in Mali

(B2) Dmytro Martynyouk, of the 1st Foreign Cavalry Regiment (1st REC), died on May 1, announced the French Army Staff on Saturday (May 2)

He had been seriously injured late in the afternoon of 23 April while engaged in an operation “against armed terrorist groups” in the Malian Liptako of Operation Barkhane. His military tanker truck was hit by an improvised explosive device (IED), resulting in two injuries. Treated by the medical team deployed on the spot, the two wounded were evacuated by a Cayman helicopter, escorted by a Tiger helicopter, to the surgical antenna at the Gao base, then repatriated to mainland France and treated at the Percy military hospital in Clamart on 24 April. His comrade’s condition is “stable, and his prognosis is not life-threatening”.

Born in Ukraine

Born on 28 August 1991 in Volochysk (a city in Western Ukraine), Dmytro Martynyouk joined the Foreign Legion on 17 September 2015, at the age of 24 (1). After his initial training in the 4th Foreign Regiment (4th RE), he was assigned to the 1st Foreign Cavalry Regiment (1st REC) of Carpiagne (in Marseille) in March 2016, where he made his career. He successively held the functions of pilot then loader, on armoured vehicle at the 2nd squadron. He participates during the year 2016 in the missions of surveillance of the territory after the terrorist attacks, is raised to the distinction of 1st class and receives the Sentinel staple.

External operations in Djibouti and Mali

In 2017, he takes part in his first short-term mission to Djibouti as a loader on an AMX 10RC vehicle. An armoured gunner since 2019, he is deployed as a Light Armoured Vehicle (LAV) commander in Mali as part of Operation Barkhane.

He is the 42nd member of the French army to lose his life in the Sahel since 2013.


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Nicolas Gros-Verheyde

Rédacteur en chef du site B2. Diplômé en droit européen de l'université Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne et auditeur 65e session IHEDN (Institut des hautes études de la défense nationale. Journaliste depuis 1989, fonde B2 - Bruxelles2 en 2008. Correspondant UE/OTAN à Bruxelles pour Sud-Ouest (auparavant Ouest-France et France-Soir).