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We remember each hero who gave his life for the freedom of Ukrainian people and independence of our state – Vasyl Hrytsak (video)

It’s five years to the day when on April 13, 2014 officer Hennadii Bilichenko of SBU “Alfa" Special Operations Centre was killed near the city of Sloviansk in a fight with armed terrorists lead by Russia.

A group of senior SBU officers, accompanied by “Alfa” officers, was heading to a meeting with the representatives of local community for negotiations on a peaceful liberation of Sloviansk from terrorists, and got into ambush. The heart of the officer stopped when he was 41.

The next day, on April 14, 2014 the decision to launch the Anti-Terrorist Operation was taken. “Captain Hennadii Bilichenko was the first Ukrainian warrior to die from the hands of Russian occupants led by Girkin-Strelkov. Hennadii’s death became the Rubicon for Ukrainian people – it became clear that Russia has began the undeclared war against Ukraine. Every man who considered himself a patriot came to defend his Motherland, without waiting for conscription,” said the Head of the Security Service of Ukraine Vasyl Hrytsak.

On the sombre anniversary of the tragic death the representatives of Ukrainian security service and the members of Hennadii Bilichenko’s family laid flowers to the memorial sign at the battle place, honouring with a minute of silence the memory of 27 SBU officers who gave their lives for the freedom of Ukrainian people.

“We remember each hero and do everything possible for their families to feel our support,” said Vasyl Hrytsak. “Their devoted service and sacrifice are an example for a new generation of SBU officers. The deeds of fallen SBU officers and warrant officers became the basis for the performance-requiem “The War Without a Date,” which was shown in all regions or Ukraine.

The SBU Press Centre


For the Attention of the SBU Head





Zhydkov Dmytro Mykhailovych
Shevchenko Daniil Borysovych
Yatsenko Viktor Viacheslavovych

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