Out of 3,000 nominees, 140 people have been chosen, including the military, volunteers, medics, and other activists most frequently recognized. Some of the winners were awarded posthumously, Censor.NET reports citing Odesa news website 048.ua.
As reported by Prestupnosti.NET, the orders have been cast in silver voluntarily donated by citizens across the country.
According to the initiators of the award, people donated a wide variety of silver items, including spoons, crosses, baby cups, to be used to cast talismans for Ukrainian servicemen.
The ceremony was attended by Mikheil Saakashvili, the head of the Odesa Regional State Administration, who personally awarded heroes.
Saakashvili said that many people envy endurance and heroism of Ukrainian servicemen, adding that American military would lay down their arms and surrender, should they found themselves under the same conditions as their Ukrainian counterparts.
In addition, the talisman, which, according to the organizers of the event, has also been awarded to the president of Ukraine and the head of the Security Service of Ukraine, was given to Mikheil Saakashvili.
The list of Heroes awarded the Order of "National Hero of Ukraine:"
1) Eduard Shevchenko, the 73rd Marine Center of Special Operations.
2) Yevhen Shevchuk, the 73rd Marine Center of Special Operations.
3) Andrii Kovalchuk, the 73rd Marine Center of Special Operations.
4) Oleksandr Sych, the 73rd Marine Center of Special Operations.
5) Amina Okuieva, Dzhokhar Dudayev battalion.
6) Pavlo Rozlach, the 95th Separate Airmobile Assault Brigade.
7) Yevhen Sydorenko, deputy commander of the operational command "Vostok."
8.) Volodymyr Kandela (posthumously), the 25th Airborne Brigade.
9) Ihor Ivanov (posthumously), the volunteer battalion "Right Sector."
10) Petro Potiekhin.
11) Vadym Dovhoruk, a fighter of the 3rd Special Forces Regiment.
12) Kyryl Veres, an officer of the 92nd Brigade.
1) Victoriia Soroka, doctor of the Odessa Military Hospital.
2) Volodymyr Holodniuk, volunteer.
3) Mustafa Dzhemilev, social activist, defender of the Crimean Tatar people.
4) A group of TSN [TV News Service - ed.] journalists from 1+1 TV channel.
5) Ihor Fedoryshyn, a chaplain.
The initiators of the award expressed gratitude to the Odessans for their active involvement in conducting the ceremony, agreeing the beautiful venue, taking care of housing the Heroes and their families.
People who had donated their silver were also among those invited.