Ukrainian children receive awards for their fallen hero fathers

A five-year Ukrainian girl received a bravery medal in place of her border guard father killed in action defending Ukraine from Russian invasion. 8 May, 2015, Kirovohrad, Ukraine. (Image: Social media)

A five-year Ukrainian girl received a bravery medal in place of her border guard father killed in action defending Ukraine from Russian invasion. 8 May, 2015, Kirovohrad, Ukraine. (Image: Social media) 

2015/05/11 • Image of the Day, War in the Donbas

Article by: A. N.

A memorial was opened in Kirovohrad to commemorate the residents of the city who lost their lives defending Ukraine against the Russian invasion. The memorial carries names of 117 heroes. Unfortunately, as the foreign aggression continues, more names are likely to be added.

The memorial for city residents killed while defending Ukraine against the Russian aggression in Kirovohrad, Ukraine. 8 May, 2015 (Image: Igor Filipenko, kr-rada.gov.ua)

The memorial for city residents killed while defending Ukraine against the Russian aggression in Kirovohrad, Ukraine. 8 May, 2015 (Image: Igor Filipenko, kr-rada.gov.ua)

During the memorial’s opening, an award ceremony was held, with families receiving military distinction awards in place of their fallen fathers, husbands and sons.

Families of the fallen soldiers after receiving their awards, Kirovohrad, Ukraine, 8 May, 2015 (Image: kp-rada.gov.ua)

Families of the fallen soldiers after receiving their awards, Kirovohrad, Ukraine, 8 May, 2015 (Image: Igor Filipenko, kp-rada.gov.ua)

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  • Brent

    Another profound difference between Ukraine and Russia. Ukraine acknowledges and honors those that fight for it, even to the children of these heroes….Russia refuses to acknowledge those who have gone to fight Putin’s war on Ukraine, fails to pay their families the promised benefits, and buries them secretly. They didn’t do it after Afghanistan, they didn’t do it after Chechnya, they don’t do it now….

    • Czech Friend

      it is truly tragic to have such a “brotherly nation” for a neighbour. A nation who despite the evidence thinks is better than you and has been treating you in an inferior way for decades if not centuries.

      And when you finally try to break free from its chains it attacks you and wants to destroy your future.

      A nation that seems to proud to have a liar, thug and war criminal at the helm.

      Glory to Ukraine!

  • puttypants

    My heart breaks for them. That darling little girl …Awards are nice but let’s make sure the Ukrainian government is taking care of the families as they deserve.

  • John Shirley

    Most people that know me who probably say that I am someone that is rarely at a “loss for words”. This is one of those rare times. Just one word…..Sadness!