Regiment Chief of Staff, Regiment Deputy Commander - Lieutenant Colonel

Unit: 80th Tank Regiment, 90th Guards Tank Division, 41st Combined Arms Army, Central Military District

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Full Name: Vitaly Vasilievich Tsikul

Russian Name: Цикул Виталий Васильевич

Date of Birth: October 12, 1985 (age: 36 years)

Place of Birth: Chebarkul, Chelyabinsk Oblast, Russia

Place of Death: Zolotarivka, Luhansk Oblast, Ukraine (Mortar Strike on his tank)

Education: Chelyabinsk Higher Military Command School (Graduated 2006), Combined Arms Academy of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation (Graduated 2020)

Awards: Medal “For Courage”, the medal “For Participant of the Military Operation in Syria”, the medal “For Military Valor”, 1st class, Order of Courage (ph.)

Previously Deployed: Syria, Ukraine 2014

Wife: Natalya Tsikul (

Sister: Alyonochka Tsikul (

Sister?: Ekaterina Tsikul (Kelchina) (

On July 20, 2022, he died in Ukraine in the village of Zolotarevka, Lugansk region, while on duty in a special military operation.
Posthumously awarded the Order of Courage.
Vitaly Tsikul is survived by his wife and two children. The widow Natalya clarified to our publication that her husband was the chief of staff of a tank regiment, had previously been wounded and was in the hospital.
“I still can’t understand why he got into that tank.” He should not have been seated either by position or rank. Every day I wake up and ask: “Why did you sit down?” Natalya said with tears in a telephone conversation. “Shortly before his death, he was wounded, a shrapnel hit him in the thigh, he was in the Burdenko hospital, then in a sanatorium in Zvenigorod. I visited him there for 12 days. He was given a medal for courage, and then he went to the front again.

A Hero's Desk dedicated to Vitaly Tsikul was opened at school No. 4 in the city of Chebarkul.The guests of the event were the hero’s mother, his wife, sons, and brother. Also present at the opening of the “hero’s desk” were the head of the department of general, preschool, additional education and upbringing Olga Grishina, deputy director of the Avangard Center Alisa Zarifyanova, executive secretary of the United Russia party Ksenia Karpova, head of the House of Youth Army of the Chebarkul urban district Irina Perepelyuk , the Youth Army detachment "Hawks" and the search detachment "Everest".

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