Close friends and family have confirmed the store manager who travelled to Ukraine to defend his homeland has been killed on March 30.
45-year-old Oleksandr Zavhorodniy, known to his friends as Alex, was the manager of an Aldi store in Sandyford, Ireland before he travelled back to his homeland of Ukraine to fight against the invading Russian forces. His friends and family have confirmed that he was killed while fighting on March 30.
Alex had lived in Ireland for over 20 years but quickly made the decision to return to Ukraine to assist in defending his country against the Russians.
It is understood that he had been operating as a sniper for the Ukrainian army when he was killed.
His friends set up a gofundme page to raise money to cover his funeral costs and assist his family financially.
Anna Neilande, who organised the campaign with other friends, posted:
"Our dear friend Alex passed away on the 30th of March."
"As you know, he spent over 20 years in Ireland, where he found his second home. His heart, however, remained in Ukraine, and that's why he chose to go back... to protect his country and its people."
"When Alex arrived in Warsaw, he gave everything he had at the time to those in need (women and children). When he arrived at the military unit, he kept positive and did his best to calm his worrying family and friends by joking and sending funny pictures."
"We all will miss his kindness and cracking sense of humour, even in the most challenging situations. This fundraiser aims to try and help his family, who are now away from home, mostly displaced, and devasted."
Father-of-Two, Alex, was killed on March 30 during a period of heavy shelling in the Donbas region. His ex-wife and youngest teenage daughter managed to safely escape Ukraine while his eldest child is living abroad.
Some of Oleksandr's close friends said on Wednesday that they believed that he had been deployed as a sniper for the Ukrainian army when he was killed.