"It was a premonition": "Da Vinci's" mother told how she found out about her son's death and confessed that she was still waiting for his call
Oksana Kotsiubailo, the mother of the commander of the 1st separate mechanized battalion "Da Vinci Wolves" Dmytro Kotsiubailo, who died near Bakhmut on March 7, confessed that before her son died, she had a premonition of tragedy. Despite this, she still does not believe that "Da Vinci" is gone and he will never call her again.
The warrior grew up in a family with many children. Oksana Kotsiubailo raised her six children by herself, but Dmytro helped her, being responsible since childhood. In an interview with Censor.net, the woman said that he was fond of excavations, brought home antique things, was interested in soccer, tennis and canoeing. He drew, which is why he got his nickname, "Da Vinci" (to see the video, scroll to the end of the page).
"Since his childhood I saw that he was going to be a big man... Even his behavior showed it. He was never a prankster, he grew up as a kind child," the Ukrainian recalled.
He was studying at the construction lyceum when the Revolution of Dignity began. Teachers called his mother and complained that Kotsiubailo missed classes, but it was impossible to keep their son away. "Dmytro told me later how they escaped from the House of Trade Unions (in Odesa. - Ed.), almost getting burned alive...," Da Vinci's mother reported.
"When he arrived after all the events on the Maidan, he immediately said: "Mom, I went..." - "Where?!" - "I went to the war." - "Dmytro, what war?! What war can there be, you are eighteen years old!" He repeated: "I'm going! I have to be there."A backpack on his shoulder - and... 'Don't see me off,'" Oksana Kotsiubailo told me.
In the winter of 2014, the young soldier was wounded, but did not tell his family. His acquaintances then told his mother, she called her son, but he began to reassure her that it was "a small scratch."
"The plate in his collarbone is still there. He came home, he said, 'Mom, I need to go to the hospital to get it treated because it's not healing for me.' I went with him, they treated that wound. He literally ran away from rehab: 'I'm leaving, no need to rehab, I'm fine,'" Hero's mother recounted the events.
When he called his family, he kept telling them that everything was fine and there was no need to worry. When he did come home, it was only for a few hours. He stayed home for two days only once because he had some business to take care of.
"On March 6, I had some kind of premonition, my soul was uneasy. I still wrote him, 'Dmytro how are you?' and he did not write me back...," said Oksana Kotsiubailo.
On the 7th, the day of the death of the defender of Ukraine, she went to work at the kindergarten. There she confessed to a colleague and her cousin that she was worried and that her son had not responded to her message.
She said, "Oksana, what are you worried about, your son is so smart. He's immortal! What are you worried about, he knows what to do." After work father "Rudy" came to see me (his son was fighting in his unit). He told me that Dmytro was gone... I went to him: "What are you saying, how is he gone?" - "He died... We couldn't save him". I had the impression that I died that day, too," confessed the soldier's mother.
The Ukrainian woman is still unable to comprehend the death of her son."I keep sitting and waiting for him to call me. Even standing on the grave, and it seems to me that this is not his grave..."- the woman said. She added that Dmytro has been a great support to her.
As OBOZREVATEL wrote earlier:
- Dmytro Kotsiubailo's younger sister told that he was a real role model for his four sisters and one little brother.
- In the Kyiv egion, the French artist Christian Gemi, better known as C215, painted two portraits of "Da Vinci". The master's works can be seen in Irpin and Borodianka.