During morning lineup at the Army Academy named after hetman Petro Sahaidachnyi, the head of military institution, Lieutenant General Pavlo Tkachuk, handed over the order “For Courage” to first-year cadet Vadym Venher.
According to the Decree of President of Ukraine, his father – Oleksandr Venher was posthumously awarded the order after his death in the area of the holding of anti-terrorist operation.
In June, 2014, Oleksandr Venher volunteered to protect the independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine. He served in the 54th separate reconnaissance battalion.
At the end of January, 2015, during battle with Russian terrorist forces near Sanzharivka, Artemivsk district, Donetsk region, Oleksandr Venher held his unit’s position to the last. He personally destroyed some enemy armored vehicles, and a great number of enemy’s personnel.
While presenting the award to the cadet Vadym Venher, Lieutenant General Pavlo Tkachuk noted: “As a result of this insidious armed conflict, Ukraine loses her best sons who courageously protect our native land. Oleksandr Venher whose son – Vadym is studying at our academy now, is a prime example of this. For me, it’s a big honour to hand over him his father’s award. Now this first year cadet is not only an integral part of a friendly collective of our educational institution, but he is also a descendant of one of a modern Heroes. And his desire to be a defender of his fatherland as his father is indicated that our state has a bright future, because there are real soldiers to protect it. In our turn, both the lecturers and the commanders of the Army Academy have to put a lot of efforts in educating of this cadet and all the other cadets of the academy. Hopefully, during their training they will receive the knowledge and experience necessary to become real military professionals.”