Hero of Ukraine

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Hero of Ukraine
Герой України
Order of the State (left), Order of the Gold Star (centre), miniature medal (right)
Awarded by the President of Ukraine
Type National order
Eligibility Citizens of Ukraine
Awarded for "Personal heroism and great labor achievements"
Status Active
Grades (w/ post-nominals) Order of the State (HOU)
Order of the Gold Star (HOU)
Established 23 August 1998
First induction 26 November 1998
Last induction 24 February 2024
Total inductees 873
Next (higher) None
Next (lower) Cross of Military Merit (Ukraine)
Hero of Ukraine ribbon bar.png
Ribbon bar of the award

Hero of Ukraine is the highest national decoration that can be given to an individual citizen by the President of Ukraine.

President Leonid Kuchma created the decoration in 1998. As of 25 February 2024, there have been 873 awards. Additionally, at least 20 decrees assigning it have not been published.

There are two types of Hero of Ukraine. Civilians get the Order of the State (Ukrainian: Орден Держави). Military people get the Order of the Gold Star (Ukrainian: Орден «Золота Зірка»).

Belarusian Mykhailo Zhyznevskyi was the first foreigner to get the decoration in June 2017.[1]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Belarusian Killed On Kyiv's Maidan Honored As Hero Of Ukraine". Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. 2017-06-14. Archived from the original on 9 August 2019. Retrieved 2023-02-06.