President Petro Poroshenko granted the title of Hero of Ukraine and the Gold Star order to Major General Ihor Momot (posthumously). The ceremony took place during the President's working visit to Cherkasy region, central Ukraine. As he arrived to the State Border Guard Training Centre of Junior Specialists, the head of the state handed the decoration to Momot's daughter Mariya.
The press office of the president explained that Momot was awarded for his exceptional courage, heroism, and self-sacrifice that he exacted while protecting the state sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.
Poroshenko said he knew Momot in person; he was among of the first ones to face the Russian aggression in Donbas in spring 2014. After the officer's death in combat, the Ukrainian leader ordered to name the State Border Guard Training Centre of Junior Specialists after Momot.
In July 2014, Russian occupants launched an attack from Grad MLRS, shelling positions of Ukrainian tactical unit in Luhansk region, on the border with Russia; Ihor Momot, who at the time served as Colonel of the State Border Guard of Ukraine was killed in action.