Representatives of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the National Guards of Ukraine, local authority, the families of perished servicemen and activists paid homage to warriors who were killed in the battles for liberation of Zakotne village in 2014, in Donetsk region.
Among the heroes of our modern history are the battalion commander Lieutenant Colonel Ihor Liashenko and reconnaissance men: Captain Stepan Vorobets, Senior Sergeant Andrii Povstiuk, Senior Soldier Yurii Prykhid, Soldier Victor Semchuk, Soldier Victor Syvak and Soldier Mykola Shainoha.
The opening ceremony was held with the participation of the Honour guard and military orchestra. A prayer for the souls of the perished warriors was said by three military chaplains.
The commander of the 24th separate mechanized brigade addressed the attendees. He urged all to remember the deeds of the heroes of the Ukrainian people and their self-sacrifice for the sake of a peaceful sky and the future of our state. He also thanked the local community for the initiative and money, raised for the construction of the monument.
Mother of perished commander of the reconnaissance troop Stepan Vorobets said: “May candles burn in memory of perished ATO heroes and may they remain forever in our memory as brave heroes, who honorably performed a man’s primary duty – to defend native land. It is known that a man can die twice: the first time, when a bullet catches him on the battle field, and second - in human memory. The second kind of death is worse”. The woman wished all God’s blessing, patience, courage and enthusiasm for the sake of victory over the impudent enemy.