First Orders “National Hero of Ukraine” were presented to 21 great Ukrainians, including 14 servicemen and 7 civilians yesterday.
Decoration fully correspond to its name “national” because the heroes were chosen by the public, and silver for its production was gathered in more than 10 countries. Famous Ukrainian boxer Viacheslav Uzelkov donated his Olympic silver medal for production of orders.
Among those who received awards are reconnaissance officers Yurii Butusov and Maksym Presniakov who laid down their lives for the sake of Ukraine. These orders were presented to Yurii’s mother – Nadiia Oleksandrivna and Maksym’s father – Serhii Borysovych.
The same day, according to the Decree of the President of Ukraine No. 311/2015, Yurii Butusov was posthumously awarded the Order of Bohdan Khmelnytskyi (3rd Class) for adherence to the oath of allegiance, personal courage and high professionalism demonstrated in the protection of state sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. In addition, according to the Decree of the Head of State, the other fallen reconnaissance men were awarded.