The tribute in the military unit #A1126 has been attended by authorities, clergy, and relatives of those killed in the tragedy, Censor.NET reports citing the Dnipropetrovsk Regional Administration press service.
One of attendees, Viktor Pashchenko, lost his friend in the tragedy. He says it was not his only acquaintance killed in the anti-terrorist operation, but it was the hardest loss.
"This was probably exactly the day, a year ago, when we realized the war was real. For there had been no such casualties before. For the first time it became clear how serious it was. Before that, it seemed that this all would end as a conflict with little casualties, not a large-scale tragedy," he stressed.
The memory of killed paratroopers was also honored in Kryvyi Rih, the Dnipropetrovsk region, on June 14, a year after the IL-76 tragedy. City residents gathered to remember those who were killed so young. Hundreds of local people paid tribute to those who gave their lives for peaceful skies over Ukraine, 1kr.ua reports.
Six of Kryvyi Rih paratroopers have been honored with medals "For sacrifice and love to Ukraine" posthumously. Speeches were given by the commandos' relatives and comrades from the 25th airborne brigade. Activities were held in the city's downtown and at Central cemetery.