The Head of State presented the “Golden Star” Order of Hero of Ukraine to the widow of Major General Maksym Shapoval, leader of DIU Special Reserve.
Major General Maksym Shapoval is bestowed with this high state award for courage and heroism displayed in the protection of state sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, for his considerable contribution to strengthening state defence capability and security, selfless service to the Ukrainian people.
The President emphasized that his decision to award the Hero of Ukraine to Maksym Shapoval received support. “Take notice of how the Verkhovna Rada applauded the leader of DIU Special Reserve Maksym Shapoval who had been cynically killed during a terrorist attack. This assassination confirms once more what a dangerous enemy the Kremlin regime is”, – he noted.
“Major General Maksym Shapoval was a true professional, a courageous and fearless warrior who gave his life for the sake of Ukraine. He is a Ukrainian warrior whose example will foster generations of Ukrainian intelligence officers”, – the President of Ukraine added.
The Head of State also honored the memory of intelligence officers who perished while performing combat tasks in the east of Ukraine. Petro Poroshenko laid flowers to Memorial Steles on the territory of the military unit. Attendees honored the memory of heroes with a moment of silence.