Maksym "Rugbyst" Yalovtsov is a fan of the football club "Dynamo" (Kyiv), a representative of the "Capitals" team.
Maksym Vadimovich Yalovtsov was born on August 5, 1990. His father served as a border guard in the territory of the former union, so when his mother went into labor, he tried to rush her to the hospital by military helicopter. Due to difficult weather conditions, the crew lost their course, and Maxim came to this world, literally, in the sky. In 2002, the family moved to Kyiv, where he and his brother studied at school No. 300. Since childhood, he was fond of sports and was very physically developed. At the same time, everyone around knew the young man as friendly and always smiling, who never spared anything for friends and acquaintances.
Later, Maksym became seriously interested in rugby. Among the players and those related to this sport, he was jokingly called "MI-8", and those who did not understand the reference, or did not believe him, could always show a certificate of his place of birth. Played for the main team of RK "Aviator" in the top division of the championship of Ukraine. Teammates remember that in those years he could sometimes miss training, but he was always put at the base, i.e. they knew - no opponent would pass Max one-on-one.
He first came to the fan section of the capital "Dynamo" at the age of 16, and at the age of 18 he joined one of the strongest teams in the capital. Together with the Capitals, he was an active participant in football-related events and took part in high-profile international confrontations, later becoming one of the most recognizable representatives of the capital movement.
Like the vast majority of football fans, in 2014 he was an active participant in the revolutionary events on the Maidan. After the beginning of the Russian invasion in the east of the country, realizing the possibility of a large-scale war, he became a co-founder of the "Civil Security" organization. Within the framework of the "Civil Safety Academy" project, all those willing had the opportunity to acquire basic skills in handling weapons and self-defense techniques. Visitors to those activities remember Max as an attentive and sensitive instructor who interestingly taught the basics of handling weapons, and was always positive.
Mixed martial arts occupied a prominent place in his life. "Rugbist" was the winner of the 2021 European grappling championship, master of sports in free fight and pankration. A special love was Brazilian jiu-jitsu. He was the winner of the bronze medal of the 2020 European Championship, and with his closest friends, he made significant efforts to develop the culture of this type of sport in the capital. He conducted grappling training and master classes, and in recent years, before the start of the Great War, a gym was opened.
A separate calling card of Maxim was his famous sense of humor. A huge number of people knew his sometimes unconventional, but always funny jokes of a man with a big heart. Many videos on social networks were devoted to these jokes, and the page of the same "fighting Jesus Christ" was known by people from all over who were not even familiar with him personally. In 2020, he came as a volunteer to help rescuers during large-scale forest fires in the Chernobyl zone of the Kyiv region.
In the first days of the full-scale war, "Rugbyst" rallied around him like-minded people, among whom were his teammates, as well as those who were ready to fight for their land. Gathering for the first time in the same hall where Maxim taught the basics of handling weapons, they later took part in the defense of the capital. Beloved Valeria was nearby, as always. Both in civilian life and from the beginning of the full-scale invasion, she organized a reliable rear for Maxim and his brothers. Before the war, they started working together on a common cause, in 2023 they planned to get married and have children, they dreamed of their own house and farm. - "For every wife, her husband is the best, the strongest, the bravest, a real hero. My husband was and is like that for everyone," she says.
In March 2022, the enemy attacked the Retroville shopping center. Most of the group that Maksym was with was in the building. The impact caused many soldiers to fall asleep inside, and the building began to flood. Comrades remember that Maksym got many of them out of the rubble with his own hands. He himself was not injured at the time of the impact and was able to save many friends.
After the liberation of Kyiv Oblast, "Rugbist" continued to defend Ukraine. His comrades remember him as a very brave and responsible fighter. During this time, he helped and taught many people. And he was also ready to participate in complex operations, where the majority would refuse to go. Maksym Yalovtsov died on September 21, 2022 while performing a combat mission behind enemy lines in the Zaporizhia Region. A warrior for life and a man of honor, he left with a weapon in his hands, defending his native land. Buried on the Alley of Glory of the Forest Cemetery in Kyiv.
On October 13, 2022, Dynamo Kyiv players, together with their fans, honored the memory of Maksym Yalovtsov after the Europa League match with the French Rennes. On January 22, 2023, UFC fighter Ihor Potiera paid tribute to a fallen warrior before his fight against Brazilian Mauricio Rua. Then the Ukrainian fighter folded his hands on his chest in the shape of a heart - the signature gesture of the "Rugby player". On February 24, 2023, a music video by the music artist YARMAK for the song "Let us, brother, be lucky" was released. Among the series of videos with famous personalities are Maxim's photos from his popular sketches on social networks.