‘He gave his life for me’: Bereaved fiancée recounts Ariel shooting attack

‘I only cared about my Slava being injured’: Victoria Fligelman describes moments after her partner Vyacheslav Golev was killed while shielding her from terrorists’ bullets

An undated photo of Vyacheslav Golev, a security guard who was killed in a terror attack at Ariel on April 29, 2022, and his fiancée, Victoria Fligelman. (Courtesy)
An undated photo of Vyacheslav Golev, a security guard who was killed in a terror attack at Ariel on April 29, 2022, and his fiancée, Victoria Fligelman. (Courtesy)

A woman whose fiancée was killed while shielding her from a terror shooting in the West Bank last week recounted the moments of the attack on Wednesday.

Vyacheslav Golev, a 23-year-old security guard, was gunned down by two terrorists at the entrance to the Ariel settlement on Friday, April 29. He used his body to protect his fiancée, Victoria Fligelman, from the hail of bullets, saving her life.

The couple both worked as security guards at the settlement and would regularly do their shifts together.

“We were both inside the guard booth. I saw a black figure looking at me and he shot four times and it was all over,” Fligelman said in an interview with the 103FM radio station on Wednesday.

“I heard an explosion and screams and I was pushed back. I didn’t even understand what was going on,” Fligelman said.

“I couldn’t get up, I didn’t understand why,” she said.

“I saw Slava get up and scream and he just started shooting,” she said, referring to Golev by his nickname. “I shot one time but they were gone. I looked behind me and started screaming for help.”

“I only cared about my Slava being injured and was trying to look for people who would treat him. I couldn’t get him out of there.”

Shattered window of a guard post targeted in a shooting attack, at the entrance to Ariel, in the West Bank, on April 30, 2022 (Flash90)

Fligelman was not injured in the attack.

“Slava protected me,” she said. “I have a few scratches but they are superficial.”

Golev’s death was declared at the scene.

“The paramedic told me he didn’t survive,” she said. “I was holding his hand.”

“He gave his life for me,” Fligelman said. “My name is Victoria, which means victory. Slava is glory. I beat death and he got his glory for saving me.”

“I’m alive, so I know that I need to keep going because he gave his life to me.”

Asked about her relationship with Golev’s family, she said they were very close. “I’ve been at his parents’ house all week. They’re my parents too and the most wonderful people I’ve ever met,” she said.

Golev is survived by his parents and seven siblings. He was buried Sunday in his hometown of Beit Shemesh.

Vyacheslav Golev’s fiancee, center, at his funeral in Bet Shemesh on May 1, 2022. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

The two suspects behind the attack were arrested in under 24 hours at their homes in the Palestinian town of Qarawat Bani Hassan in the West Bank, located just 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) away from the scene of the attack.

The attack on Ariel came as tensions have risen sharply between Israel and the Palestinians in recent weeks against the backdrop of repeated terror attacks in Israeli cities that left 15 dead.

The escalation has come amid the Muslim holy month of Ramadan — often a period of high tension in Israel and the West Bank.

The army has stepped up its West Bank activities in an attempt to crack down on the spiraling violence. The ensuing raids sparked clashes that left at least 26 Palestinians dead, many of whom took part in the clashes, while others appeared to have been uninvolved civilians.

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