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“Sons-heroes are the Best of Sons”: stele commemorating special ops officer Alexander Petryschuk's unveiled at SBU Academy

On the eve of Independence Day of Ukraine, a memorial stele was opened at the National Academy of Security Service of Ukraine. The artefact commemorates Captain Alexander Petryschuk, the killed officer of the SBU “Alfa” Special Ops team. The ceremony was attended by the Hero's family, colleagues, comrades, university officials and representatives of the course named in his honour.

SBU captain Alexander Petryschuk was born in Chernivtsi. In 2006 he passed a complex selection and became an officer of the Special Operations Centre "A". His life tragically ended at the age of 27 during a combat mission in eastern Ukraine. On June 24, 2014, near the Karachun Mountain in Donetsk, Russian terrorists downed a military MI-8 helicopter, which carried Alexander and three other officers of the Security Service. Captain Petryshchuk was not supposed to take part in that particular task, but decided to go. Alexander's commemorative stele is placed between the stelae of his comrades, Vladimir Shkira and Igor Gorbenko, who were killed in the same incident.

It is only through the exploits and self-sacrifice of brave warriors that we can live on our native Ukrainian land today, Academy Rector Serhii Kudinov said in his presentation speech. “In 2014, our Heroes stood firm to defend our state sovereignty and democratic values. They have proven that Ukrainians are a free people who can defend their country. And it is our sacred duty to continue their work, to be devoted patriots, professionals and to provide peace in the name of the fallen Defenders and for the sake of a bright future of the Motherland,” he stressed.

The relatives of the hero - mother Svetlana, sister Alyona and grandmother Valentina, came to the Academy for the opening of the memorial stele. Mrs. Valentina spoke about Sasha's childhood, his talent for drawing, and his dream of becoming an intel officer.

To commemorate Alexander and all SBU officers killed during the war, SBU employees and guests laid flowers to a monument erected in their honour on the premises of the Academy.

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