Mykhailo Zhyznevsky, one of the activists who deceased during Euromaidan protests in Ukraine in winter 2014 received the Star of the Hero of Ukraine. President Petro Poroshenko granted the late Belarusian protester respective title and passed his parents the award.
‘He gave his life for our and your freedom’, Poroshenko said, while commenting on Zhyznevsky’s actions during the Euromaidan. The President reiterated that thousands of Ukrainians came to bid the last farewell to the Belarusian who fought for the better future of Ukraine.
‘I am proud that your son, the great Belarusian joined the glorious company of Ukrainians who own the title of the Hero of Ukraine,’ the President told Zhyznevsky’s mother and father.
Poroshenko said that by joint efforts of himself and those of the Ukrainian Parliament, it became possible to submit the respective amendments to the Constitution and grant the foreigner the highest state award, previously given only to Ukrainian citizens.
Mykhailo Zhyznevsky was a Belarusian activist of Euromaidan movement in Ukraine and member of the Maidan Self-Defense. He resided in Bila Tserkva, Kyiv region, after leaving home country due to political persecutions. In January 2014, Zhyznevsky was shot dead by a government-hired sniper in the downtown Kyiv, thus joining the Heavenly Hundred – those who perished while standing against the-then President Yanukovych and his government.