Now the famous football player manages not only to fulfill his army tasks, but also to “volunteer”, collecting money for the unit of his beloved physician.
Viktor Martyan, 28, is a professional footballer. He played for the well-known Ukrainian clubs “Chernomorets” (Odessa), “Dnepr” (Cherkassy), “Nikolaev”, also played in Sweden and Armenia. In February 2022, Viktor signed a contract with Kristall Kherson and immediately began hard training, because he was seriously tuned in to the football season. But the war came…
The story of a Ukrainian was told on Facebook– page 30 of a separate mechanized brigade named after. Prince Konstantin Ostrozhsky, in which he now serves.
After the start of the full-scale invasion of the Russian Federation into Ukraine, Martyan could not leave Kherson, temporarily occupied by the Russians, for almost a month, and when he finally escaped from the occupation, he left for Nikolaev, where his beloved Anna, a lieutenant-medic of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, serves. Then he immediately went to the military registration and enlistment office.
“Before, I was very far from the army, so my relatives and many friends did not understand my decision – they said: “Well, what kind of soldier are you?!” Anna, who had already seen blood and death, also tried to dissuade me at first,” Viktor admits. – “But I decided: while the invaders will trample on their native land, I will change my boots for berets. Until the very victory!”
After military training at the training center, Martyan sought to get into the unit where his beloved serves, in order to fight side by side and support each other. But fate and the order decreed otherwise – Victor became a shooter of the 30th Ombre.
“Now I’m very glad that I got into the famous 30th. The brigade did a good job of “destroying enemies in the Kharkiv region”, our platoon is excellent, next to me are super guys! will I make friends with weapons … But for many years in football, regular exhausting training camps, training sessions and matches, they came in handy for me. And I quickly found a common language with a machine gun – it is already like a friend to me, like a brother who is always there, “says defender.
Now the famous football player manages not only to fulfill his army tasks, but also to “volunteer”, collecting money for Anna’s unit – all friends and familiar football players who are proud of their brave colleague help.
Anna and Victor recently got married – the commanders let them go to Odessa for a few days and, like an army, “blessed” them for marriage.
“After the wedding, we went to our divisions, the honeymoon will be after the victory,” says Martyan. “So is the continuation of my football career.”
Earlier, the Ukrainian sniper spoke about working on the front line and about the first exit on a combat mission, during which she came under fire.