Roman Lozynskyi began his preparation when he was 7, with the national scouting organization Plast. He is now 28, but awareness of the centuries of aggression of our northern neighbor motivated Lozynskyi to prepare for this fight all his conscious life. He went to war in the first days of the full-scale invasion. On the frontline he defended Ukraine with three of his best friends: Dmytro, Vita-Kola, and Artem Dymyd. Tragically, Artem died in the war on 18 June.
“Those who go on the attack are afraid, but they understand that they’re going to win back our country. Those in the defense are afraid, but they understand that, if they retreat, the line will move a step closer to the homes of people who live in back. So, fear is always with you, but you can moderate expectations, manage time, and manage fear. Maybe I’ll be a teacher at UCU,” Lozynskyi jokes.
Roman Lozynskyi graduated from UCU’s School of Public Administration in 2017. He said that he doesn’t know where his road would have gone without UCU: “It seems to me that at this stage of the development of our country, education is the key. Without educated Ukrainians, we won’t have critical thought. Without critical thought, there won’t be discernment, what is propaganda and fake news and what is the truth. Without this, we won’t be ready to make adequate decisions. And if people’s lives or the quality of their lives depends on your decision, then we are approaching a big problem. This involves not only critical thinking but an understanding of history, the foundations of any specialization.”