What a strong idea was! People fought for independence of Ukraine, but not for some „individual love“!
Тeklya Tykhan (Kostyniuk) was born on the 28-th of July 1926 in town Kuty Stanislaviv vojevodship (now Ivano-Frankovsk‘s region). In the age of ten she became an orphan, after what she was brought up by aunt. In April 1940 she together with aunt was deported to the settlement Trojeckoje, Charskiy district, Semipalatyns‘k region (Kazakhstan). In June 1941 they managed to come back to Ukraine. During the German occupation she was studying in industrial (technical) school in Kolomyja. In 1942 she joined illegal nationalistic organization „OUN Youth“, where she received secret pseudo „Natalka“. Since 1944 she worked in the post-office of Kosiv, in the same time she was transferring information to insurgents. In the underground movement she was a liaison of Kosiv district. In August 1945 she was arrested by military border-guard department of NKVS in the forests close to Kuty town. She was under investigation in Kuty and Kolomyja. In November 1945 she was sentenced to 10 years of disciplinary-labor camps. In May 1946 she was deported from transitory prison №25 in Lviv to Siberia. She was imprisoned in Krasnojarsk region (Siberia), since 1950 - in camps of special regime in Balhash (Kazakhstan). She was released in October 1954. Afterwards she lived some time in Karaganda. There she married Oleksiy Tykhan. In 1966 she moved to city Kalush. Now she lives in Lviv.