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A Franco-Ukrainian peacekeeper dies in a road accident in Lebanon

(B2) A soldier deployed in Lebanon, as part of the United Nations mission (UNIFIL) or Operation Daman for the French, died this Friday (March 13) in a road accident

A legionnaire from the 1st REG

Corporal Volodymyr Rybonchuk is a legionnaire of the 1st Foreign Engineering Regiment (1er REG) based in Laudun-l'Ardoise, in the Gard. Member of an engineering section of the RCF, the Force Commander Reserve (RCF) of the United Nations mission in Lebanon, he died " au course of a route reconnaissance mission, conducted from the main RCF hold”, indicates the staff of the armies in a press release.

Four other passengers supported

Shortly after departure, in the morning, the forward armored vehicle (VAB) " on which he was serving as a gunner hit a side wall, left the road and overturned following a loss of control “says the army. The vehicle was traveling in a curve on a paved road, " steeply sloping and very wet due to heavy overnight rain ". The gendarmes of the provost detachment immediately went to the scene. This accident " did not involve any other vehicle or pedestrian “, specifies the French army. The other four passengers in the vehicle were taken care of. But " their condition does not inspire concern ».

A soldier of Ukrainian origin

Born on June 30, 1995 in Kryjopil, a city in western Ukraine, not far from Moldova, Corporal Volodymyr Rybonchuk joined the foreign legion at the age of 20, shortly after Christmas on December 29, 2015. He accomplished his whole career in this 1st Foreign Engineering Regiment. He was deployed abroad: in the United Arab Emirates in 2017, as an armored forward vehicle (VAB) operator, then in Mali and Niger as part of Operation Barkhane from January to early June 2018. He then serves as a driver of the rapid protection engineering vehicle (EGRAP).


Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).