Uzhgorod, Ivano-Frankivsk regions: SBU Academy conducts charity events dedicated to memory of killed SBU officers
Officers and cadets of the SBU National Academy visited Uzhgorod and Ivano-Frankivsk with the exhibition of paintings “Invisible Guard” and a performance-requiem “War without a Term...” dedicated to officers of the Ukrainian special services killed during the ATO and JFO.
The Transcarpathian Academic Regional Ukrainian Music Drama Theater and Ivano-Frankivsk Regional Philharmonic welcomed the memorable evenings. In both cities, the events dedicated to the honour of the killed officers were visited by top officials of the region - Gennady Moskal, the Head of the Transcarpathian Regional State Administration, Ruslan Martsinkov, the Mayor of Ivano-Frankivsk, Roman Malani, the deputy chairman of the Ivano-Frankivsk Regional State Administration, the leadership and officers of the regional SBU departments, members of the ATO, military, public activists, clergy, students, cadets and schoolchildren.
At the opening ceremony, Serhiy Kudinov, the rector of the Academy, noted that Uzhhorod and Ivano-Frankivsk are located more than 1,000 kilometers from war, but even in these cities, the breath of the war is felt just as it feels in Kharkiv or Dnipro, as Transcarpathia and Prykarpattya lost more than 200 of their sons-defenders. “Sometimes the incorrigible losses of our nation in the war remain in the news only as statistics, whisking away the fate of the Heroes, the sorrow that comes into Ukrainian families. There is no feeling of the real price that we pay for our independence,” said the rector of the SBU Academy.
The staff of the SBU Academy began an all-Ukrainian charity tour in January 2017. 13 thousand people have already visited the event in 20 cities of the country. The purpose of the event is to tell the truth about the lives of SBU officers who defended our country and were killed in the east of Ukraine, and to show, through their struggle, what is happening on the war.
The Security Service of Ukraine had lost 27 best officers since the beginning of ATO and JFO. The SBU Academy created an exhibition of paintings “Invisible Guard” and a performance requiem “War without a Term” as a memory tribute to the soldiers of the invisible front. The actors of the performance are the Academy's cadets whose training units are named after the SBU Heroes. On behalf of the killed officers, the youth told about their life and military path, the latest special tasks, about their families and about unrealized dreams. “Today, the SBU Academy teaches cadets from all over Ukraine; they believe in the future of our country and ready to defend it. They are young patriots, for them it is a great honor to retain the memory of our killed colleagues through the performance requiem,” said Serhii Kudinov.
Lesia Shidenko, the author of the exhibition of paintings “Invisible Guard”, employee of the SBU, presented to the audience the portraits of the SBU Heroes, who gave their lives for Ukraine. She told the touching stories about writing each of the works. The original paintings were handed to the families of the killed officers.
During the charity evening, the visitors were able to get acquainted with another project of the SBU Academy - “Remember” - which currently includes 15 video works about the SBU Heroes, created with the support of their families, friends and colleagues. Transcarpathians watched the story about Colonel Vitaly Petrenko, the officer killed in the ATO, who in 2009 was deputy head of the SBU Transcarpathian Regional Office. In Ivano-Frankivsk, Academy members showed a film about Ruslan Mulyrar, member of SBU “Alpha” unit in the Ternopil region, who was killed recently, on May 26, during artillery shelling in the Luhansk region.
Gennady Moskal, the Head of the Transcarpathian Regional State Administration, Ruslan Martsinkov, the Mayor of Ivano-Frankivsk and Roman Malanyi, the deputy chairman of the Ivano-Frankivsk Regional State Administration thanked the top management of the SBU, the Academy and the organizers for the memory of the Heroes.
The Provost of the Arhikatedral Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ, Archdiocese Mitrat Yuri Novitsky of Ivano-Frankivsk Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (UGCC) and the Father Roman Kozak, the head of the Church Tribunal of the Ivano-Frankivsk administration of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church (UAOC) also gave speech to the Ivano-Frankivsk residents. Those who conduct a war against Ukraine in the 21 century have no moral right to speak about spirituality, they noted.
During the all-Ukrainian tour, Academy members collected UAH 900,000 (over USD 32,000), which were transferred to local hospitals for the treatment and rehabilitation of Ukrainian defenders. Oleg Voyvodin and Petro Didukh, the Heads of SBU Regional Offices, handled the charitable contributions for the needs of the regional hospitals of the war veterans in Uzhgorod and Ivano-Frankivsk. They also noted that the SBU officers were the first who protected Ukraine. But, unfortunately, sometimes one is forbidden to talk about their achievements. For each present person, this event helped to learn about the invaluable and important role of the SBU officers in the war against the invaders and separatists.
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