According to The New York Times, Hrihorij Stepants, an American of Ukrainian origin, entrusted V. Zaluzhny with a generous inheritance. This was reported by his family.
In January, the general donated the entire amount received to the Armed Forces of Ukraine. This was confirmed by the press service of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
“All this money was transferred by General Zaluzhn to a special account of the National Bank of Ukraine,” the army representatives said.
“I gave my whole life to the armed forces. I didn’t even question what I should do with my inheritance. It is clear that Hrykhorius’ last will was to support the Ukrainian army through me. I am grateful to everyone who helps the Armed Forces of Ukraine. I am grateful to my family for their understanding”, said V. Zalužnas.
According to “Ukrainska Pravda”, H. Stepancas was born in 1938 in Vinnytsia. His father participated in the Second World War and was killed in 1941. Little Hrykhorius was taken with his mother to the Urals, where he suffered hardship and hunger. After the war, they returned to Vinnytsia, but life was difficult – there was a constant lack of food, the family was helped by an uncle.
He escaped from life under the conditions of the Soviet regime in 1989, when he arrived in the United States of America (USA).