The officer has been awarded with a high state decoration for outstanding personal contribution to the strengthening of the defense capability and security of the Ukrainian state, selfless service to the people of Ukraine, exemplary and flawless performance of military duty, Censor.NET reports citing the presidential press service.
"It hurts to see such people go right now. Thank you for your meritorious service, Hennadii Petrovych. For endurance, courage and integrity. The memory of you will always remain in our hearts," the president said.
Former First Deputy Chief of the General Staff of Ukraine Colonel-General Hennadii Vorobiov died suddenly in his office on Feb. 11, 2017.
Hennadii Vorobiov served as commander of Ukraine's Land Forces during 2009-2014 and was one of the most experienced and professional generals within the Ukrainian army. He refused to execute a criminal order of Viktor Yanukovych to use army against the activists of Maidan in 2014. After the war against Ukraine broke out in the east, First Deputy Chief of the General Staff Vorobiov was engaged in the development of many military operations, including those around Debaltseve. Overall, he spent more than two years on the front line in the anti-terrorist operation (ATO) zone. Vorobiov quit the General Staff on May 21, 2016 to head Ivan Cherniakhovskyi National Defense University of Ukraine.
For his diligent and impeccable service, Hennadii Vorobiov was rewarded with two Orders of Bohdan Khmelnytskyi (1st and 2nd Classes) and an Order For Courage 3rd Class.