MEMORIAL TO THE FALLEN SIGNAL OFFICERS
Military Institute of Telecommunications and Information Technologies named after Heroes of Kruty
MEMORIAL to the fallen signal officers of the Military Institute of Telecommunications and Information Technologies named after Heroes of Kruty is a memorial complex dedicated to graduates of the Institute who died in the Anti-Terrorist Operation Zone in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions against the Russian aggressor.
The MEMORIAL itself includes a paved path, 2 concrete curbstones with granite coating, 1 granite bust to the Hero of Ukraine Major General Maksym SHAPOVAL and green spaces. It is located on the territory of the Military Institute on the Alley of Heroes.
In honor of the memory of signal officers, graduates of the Institute, a MEMORIAL to the fallen graduates of the Institute for our free independent Ukraine was opened on the Alley of Heroes of the Institute on October 12, 2016. Representatives of the overhead personnel of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, relatives and friends of the fallen soldiers, representatives of the clergy, public and political figures, volunteers, military personnel of the Institute and journalists took part in the celebrations on the occasion of the opening of the memorial.
On the pedestal of the MEMORIAL stand two granite obelisks. One of them is in honor of the memory of Colonel Ihor Pavlov, who died in the Anti-Terrorist Operation Zone, showing courage, heroism, bravery and selfless actions during the performance of military duty to protect the state sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. The Head of the Department of Tactical and Special Training of the Faculty of Information Protection of the Military Institute of Telecommunications and Information Technologies, Candidate of Technical Sciences, Associate Professor Colonel Ihor M. Pavlov was included forever in the list of military personnel of the Military Institute. He was a real officer, a highly professional specialist, a scientist, a lecturer, a patriot of Ukraine, a man of rare kindness and decency. The second obelisk in honor of the memory of the signalman officers who died in the ATO, graduates of our educational establishment.
THE LIST OF FALLEN GRADUATES OF THE INSTITUTE:
1. Colonel Borys B. Kyforenko, 11.04.1974 - 29.08.2014.
2. Colonel Sosniuk V. Viktor, 06.06.1973 – 17.02.2015.
3. Colonel Ihor M. Pavlov, 28.05.1968 – 09.02.2015.
4. Lieutenant Colonel Artur S. Muzyka, 13.05.1978 – 09.02.2015.
5. Lieutenant Colonel Sviatoslav V. Vasylenko, 26.04.1982 – 09.02.2015.
6. Lieutenant Colonel Ihor S. Snizhok, 06.12.1973 – 02.02.2015 (added in 2019 ).
7. Major Yakiv M. Huba, 28.11.1984 – 29.08.2014.
8. Major Viktor I. Khmelnytskyi,07.06.1978 – 28.08.2014.
9. Major Pavlo Y. Balahlanov, 28.04.1974 – 29.08.2014.
10. Major Oleh A. Andriiets, 23.04.1973 – 01.09.2014.
11. Captain Oleksii V. Skovorodin, 18.03.1975 – 26.08.2014.
12. Captain Oleh V. Obukhivskyi,14.03.1980 – 13.08.2014.
13. Captain Serhii I. Shevchuk, 25.11.1977 – 29.08.2014.
14. Captain Serhii M. Bilokobylskyi, 25.01.1983 – 19.07.2014.
15. Captain Serhii V. Lymar, 21.02.1989 – 21.08.2014.
Obelisks, at the same time, symbolize both grief and pride – grief for our officers who died heroically after fulfilling their duty, and pride in the fact that there are real defenders of the Motherland, for whom the fate of their native country is more precious than their own lives. These obelisks continue the Аlley of Heroes signalmen who gave their lives defending their Homeland during the Second World War. This is also symbolic, because at all times it was an honor and responsibility to protect one's own people and native land.
Therefore, the military personnel of the educational establishment have performed, are performing and will continue to perform this sacred duty with honor. Among the military personnel of the Institute there are 184 participants of the Anti-Terrorist Operation, including 65 cadets. For successful performance of combat missions, conscientious performance of official duties, 17 servicemen of the Institute were awarded with the badge of honor of the President of Ukraine "For participation in the ATO". 7 senior officers of the Institute were awarded with state awards: the Order of Bohdan Khmelnytskyi III degree – 5, of them 1 (posthumously), the order "For courage" III degree – 1, the Order of Princess Olga III degree – 1, 4 servicemen were awarded with the honors of the Minister of Defense of Ukraine, 111 servicemen – with the honors of the Chief of the General Staff – Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
THE FIRST UKRAINIAN "CYBORG" HERO OF UKRAINE MAKSYM SHAPOVAL.
On October 27, 2017, a significant event took place at the Military Institute of Telecommunications and Information Technologies — a monument to the Hero of Ukraine Major General Maksym Shapoval, a graduate of the military educational institution of 2000, was solemnly opened.
The ceremony was attended by the Head of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, Lieutenant General Vasyl Burba, First Deputy Head of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine — Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Major General Oleh Ivashchenko, representatives of the public and clergy.
— Ukraine has lost a true patriot, officer and brave son of his Homeland. This is a significant date, because a monument to him is opened on the territory of the higher educational establishment where Maksym studied. The enemy could not defeat him in showdown fight and committed an insidious crime. He met the war with the rank of Сolonel as commander of an elite unit of the Main Intelligence Directorate.
By Presidential Decree № 169/2017 dated June 30, 2017, Colonel Maksym Shapoval was awarded the military rank of Major General (posthumously).
He is forever included in the lists of the military unit that he commanded, and is included in the Book of Glory of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of d\Defense of Ukraine, which was founded to perpetuate the memory of individuals who made a significant contribution to the development of military intelligence of Ukraine. By Presidential Decree № 264/2017 dated September 7, 2017, Major General Maksym Shapoval was awarded with the title Hero of Ukraine with the Order Of The Golden Star (posthumously) for his courage and heroism shown in defending the state sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, his significant personal contribution to strengthening the defense capability and security of the state, and his selfless service to the Ukrainian people. Now a granite bust of the Hero of Ukraine, Major General Maksym Shapoval stands on the Alley of Heroes of the Military Institute of Telecommunications and Information Technologies.
On June 27, 2018, the Head of the Military Institute of Telecommunications and Information Technologies named after Heroes of Kruty, Colonel Yevhen Stepanenko, and cadets of the higher educational establishment took part in the opening of a memorial plaque to Vita graduate, Major General of intelligence of the Ministry of Defense, hero of Ukraine Maxim Shapoval. A commemorative tablet was installed on the house where Maksym Shapoval lived and died.
Maksym M. Shapoval was born on July 6, 1978 in the city of Vinnytsia in the family of a military pilot.
After graduating from school, he chose the military profession, like his father and grandfather, graduated from the Military Institute of the National Technical University of Ukraine and began serving in military intelligence units.
During his service, he participated in peacekeeping operations. Before the start of the war, he headed the special reserve of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Вefense of Ukraine.
Since the beginning of the Russian armed aggression, Maksym has been performing tasks to protect the independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine in the Anti-Terrorist Operation Zone in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
He participated in the most difficult fights of 2014-2015. During this most difficult time, intelligence officers often performed combat missions at the cost of their own lives. They did not betray, did not hide behind the backs of others, courageously endured superhuman loads and at the same time – masterfully performed their work.
He directly participated in the liberation of several occupied Ukrainian cities, the battles for the strategically important height – Savur-Mohyla, as well as in planning and conducting reconnaissance raids in the deep rear of the enemy.
Maksym Shapoval made a significant personal contribution to documenting the criminal presence of the Armed Forces of the aggressor country – Russia on the territory of our state. He organized and carried out the work to expose regular servicemen of the Russian occupation forces who were fighting against Ukrainian soldiers.
Some of the operations conducted by Colonel Shapoval concerned timely notification of the deployment of Russian artillery, thanks to which it was possible to save the lives of hundreds of Ukrainian soldiers and civilians who could have died under the blows of the Russian occupants. Maksym spent most of his time with his unit in the Anti-Terrorist Operation Zone and personally headed intelligence groups.
In May 2014, he commanded the group that liberated Donetsk Airport, and was the first of those courageous and strong-minded soldiers whom even the enemy, struck by their fearlessness and resilience, called “cyborgs”.
Maksym Shapoval was a true professional, an officer with unique knowledge and skills, and most importantly – he loved Ukraine immensely. Colonel Maksym Shapoval tragically died on June 27, 2017 as a result of a insolent terrorist act planned by the Russian special services. He was buried at the Baykove Cemetery in the capital of Ukraine.
From the first day of the Officer Service to his last breath, Maksym Shapoval served in military intelligence. His courage and bravery, patriotism and dedication are an example for all cadets and military personnel of the Institute and employees of the military intelligence of Ukraine and the Armed Forces of Ukraine.