«KOZATSKYI KHREST» OPENED IN KHARKIV DEDICATED TO THE FALLEN ON DONBAS
In Kharkiv, on the territory of the Skovoroda Kharkiv National Pedagogical University, a commemorative monument «Kozatskyi Khrest» (Cossack Cross) was opened, dedicated to 5 fallen ATO/JFO participants, students of this University.
«This commemorative monument in the shape of a cross - an ancient emblem of the Ukrainian Cossacks - nowadays symbolizes the victory of modern Ukrainian soldiers. It was established on the initiative of the University’s student community, which operates the only Skovoroda Cossack Educational Centre among the country's Universities. In this way, we honour the memory of the 5 fallen defenders of Ukraine: students and teachers of the university Mykola Akintsev, Andrii Vakhovskyi, Sviatoslav Horbenko, Andrii Maslov and Yuriy Lytvynenko. They wanted to get peaceful professions of history, foreign language, physical education teachers, but in difficult times for the country voluntarily stood up for its defence as ATO/JFO soldiers. We honour the memory of not only our university heroes in this cross. We honour the memory of all defenders of Ukraine, who gave their lives in the fight for peace and freedom, and also honour those who are now fighting for the independence of Ukraine in the East of our state», ‒ noted the Rector of the Skovoroda University, academic of the National Academy of Educational Sciences of Ukraine, Ivan Prokopenko at the opening of the monument.
According to him, the project of the commemorative monument was developed by university students, they also collected 140 000 UAH to create a 2 meters high granite cross with the names of the heroes.
Relatives and friends of the fallen, government authorities, ATO veterans, volunteers, «Plast» activists, including the daughter of the fallen Yuriy Lytvynenko Lesia and students took part in the ceremony, which began with the choral performance of Ukrainian anthem under the slogans «Glory to Ukraine - Glory to Heroes!» and a minute of silence for the fallen.