An interview Ryka, a DPR Platoon Commander. “When it began, it was peaceful rallies, he supported these... then it turned to war. I was against the coup in Kiev, I didn't support the Nazi regime. That's why I joined peaceful protests.” Ryka married during the war and has two children and the full support of his family regarding his role in defending the DPR. “My father served and died in battle for Donetsk airport, in January 2015.” His home is under Ukrainian occupation, he says. He fought from the beginning, at most of the major battles in the DPR, and finally here.