News Politics, 12/10/2017

Kharkiv Schools Cherish Memory of Heroes

Two memorial plaques to the ATO heroes who were killed in Donbas were unveiled in two Kharkiv schools for the Defender of Ukraine Day. The heroes used to be the students of these schools.

The memorial plaque to honor Major Serhiy Lobov was placed in school 82 with a solemn ceremony yesterday.

memorial plaque

The 28-year-old Kharkivite Serhiy Lobov commanded the military unit of the separate reconnaissance battalion. On June 18, 2016, he was blown up by a mine near Luhanske village, Donetsk region. “He died a week before his wedding, and he never saw his newborn son,” say his school friends with great sadness.

The Major was posthumously awarded the Order of Bohdan Khmelnytsky 3rd class.

Today, school 128 commemorated with a plaque for 39-year-old Lieutenant Colonel Ruslan Plohodko who was killed on May 2, 2014.

He was a commander of army aviation helicopter unit. The helicopter was shot down by Russian-backed separatists near Sloviansk, Donetsk region. Plohodko is survived by two children.

The Lieutenant Colonel was posthumously awarded the Order of Bohdan Khmelnytsky 1st class. One of the streets in Saltivka area has been named after him.


The principal of school 82 told Kharkiv Observer correspondent that the primary school children were watching the documentaries, shot by the heroes’ brothers in arms, with bated breath. “It raises sense of patriotism more than anything else,” she believes.

Text: Olena Sokolynska

Photo: City Council