Death of a Ukrainian engaged in the Foreign Legion in Mali

(B2) Brigadier Dmytro Martynyouk, of the 1st Foreign Cavalry Regiment (1er REC), is “ died May 1 from his injuries “announced the staff of the armies on Saturday (May 2).

He had been seriously injured on April 23, at the end of the afternoon, while he was engaged in an operation " against armed terrorist groups in the Malian Liptako of Operation Barkhane. His military tank truck was hit by an improvised explosive device (IED), injuring two. Treated by the medical team deployed on site, the two injured were evacuated by a Cayman helicopter, escorted by a Tiger helicopter, to the surgical branch of the Gao base, then repatriated to mainland France and treated at the hospital. soldier Percy de Clamart on April 24. His comrade's condition is " stable, and its vital prognosis is not engaged ».

Born in Ukraine

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

External operations in Djibouti and Mali

In 2017, he participated in his first short-term mission in Djibouti as an AMX 10RC vehicle loader. An armored gunner since 2019, he is deployed as a light armored vehicle (VBL) commander in Mali, as part of Operation Barkhane.

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


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  1. Almost a year after the start of the 'war' in eastern Ukraine.

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).