SBU honours Heroes' memory on the fifth anniversary of the MI-8 helicopter shooting down
On June 24 five years have passed from the date of the tragedy that ended the lives of nine Ukrainian servicemen who were on board of the MI-8 helicopter. Among the dead were four officers of the Security Service of Ukraine - Lieutenant Colonel Volodymyr Shkira, Lieutenant Colonel Ihor Horbenko, Captain Olexandr Petryshchuk and Senior warrant officer Marko Shpak.
Despite the agreement on a two-way cease-fire, during a take-off from Mount Karachun, a helicopter was fired by terrorists from a portable air defense missile complex, fell to the ground and, after detonation of ammunition, burned. The crew of the helicopter and members of the group were killed.
On the day of memory, students of the course of the name of Captain Olexandr Petryshchuk of the National Academy of the SBU visited the places of burial of the employees of the Ukrainian special services in Kyiv region. The officers brought flowers to the grave of Vladimir Shkira, Ihor Horbenko and Marko Shpak in honor and gratitude for their commitment to the oath and courage. Together with colleagues and relatives of the fallen servicemen listeners remembered the Heroes.
The youth of the Academy also paid tribute to Captain Olexandr Petryshchuk and his fallen colleagues near the memorial sign to the defenders of Ukraine, located at the Institute for retraining and further training of the SBU. The 27 strokes of the bell symbolically reminded listeners and officers of the educational institution the names of each of the fallen officials of Ukrainian special service, who gave their lives for the independence and territorial integrity of our state.
Also in the morning in the Archistratigus Mikhail chapel in the territory of the National Academy of the SBU there was a year-mind for the fallen Heroes.
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