The head of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU), Vasyl Hrytsak, received the Hero of Ukraine title. The Presidential Administration of Ukraine published the relevant decree on May 9, reports Radio Liberty.
According to the document, together with the title, Hrytsak will receive the Order of the Golden Star.
“For selfless service to the Ukrainian people, an outstanding personal contribution to the protection of state sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine,” the presidential decree explained the decision to award Hrytsak.
The title Hero of Ukraine is the highest degree of distinction in Ukraine, which is awarded for “heroic deeds and outstanding work achievements”. The statute of this title provides for the payment of a lump-sum monetary reward in the amount of 50 living wages.
Vasily Hritsak has been the leader of the SBU since July 2015.a