According to American Football International, Alexander Akinin a standout football player overseas for the Zdolbuniv Eagles as well as a solider for the Ukranian Army was killed fighting to protect his country.
The report states that Akinin died in Donbas, which is located in Southeast Ukraine. Zdolbuinv Eagles are part of the Ukrainian American Football League, and the team paid tribute to Alexander on their Facebook page.
“Sasha” was a defender on the field. He was well aware of the basic rule of defense in American football – neither a yard nor an inch given up. Similarly, Alexander was guided by this rule in life and in the war – surrender not an inch of our country to the invader. He was one of the first to volunteer to fight against overwhelming odds in the battle in the Donbas. He fought bravely and selflessly! He is the one through whom our children and women, our families, will live in peace. He is the one who will forever be remembered by his comrades-in-arms. And he is the one who will be revered in stories and legends!
Please continue to keep the Ukrainian people in your prayers. The young man should be enjoying the sport he loves, but died defending the country he loves. We pray that his family is protected and they are safe during all the attacks. May God watch over Ukraine.