President Petro Poroshenko signed the law on the procedure of granting foreigners the title of the Hero of Ukraine. The presidential press service reported that on Wednesday, May 3.
The bill was passed by the parliament last month. It states that the title can be grated as an exception; according to it, the title holder must be a foreign citizen, who already holds the Order of the Heavenly Hundred (the award is granted for a heroic deed, related to protection of constitutional principles of democracy, freedoms and human rights during the 2013-2014 Revoltuion of Dignity in Ukraine).
The law takes effect the next day after its publication.
The Heavenly Hundred is the collective name for those who perished during the mass protests in Kyiv widely referred to as the Euromaidan and the Revolution of Dignity. The list of the deceased includes over a hundred people - mostly the unarmed civilians who supported the Revolution, and a dozen of policemen. All of them were either bludgeoned to death or gunned down by government-hired snipers in January and February 2014.
In February 2014, immediately after the government was toplled, the Ukrainian Parliament recognized the perished protesters of the Euromaidan as victims. In November 2014, by Poroshenko's decree, the perished Ukrainian protesters of Euromaidan were posthumously awarded the Hero of Ukraine title. Three non-Ukrainian citizens (Belarusian Mykhailo Zhyznevsky and Georgians Zurab Khurtsiya and David Kipiani), killed in the Euromaidan events were each posthumously awarded the title Knight of the Order of the Heavenly Hundred.