In Ukraine August 22 is the Memorial Day of police officers, killed in the line of duty. Memories, honors and tears. Lament and regrets, talks about the cloth and abuse of it.


Memory is a great gift, thanks to which we live and share experience. From early age we know that if something bad happens, call "102", but we forget about police when everything is fine. And probably, it is a right thing. But there are places where police officers are always remembered, like Solomenska square in Kyiv, for example.

In the center of the square there is a monument to the Mourning mother, a woman who lost a child, husband, brother or sister. This is the place where on August 22people lay flowers in memory of police officers.

The academy of the Interior Ministry is also located on this square.


It is comforting that there is a place in Kyiv, where fallen police officers are not only remembered, but also prayed for. The Church of St. George the Victorious helps relatives to ease the pain.

As ForUm learned from matron Kateryna, the Church was built at the expense of benefactor within a very short time (4-6 months) and consecrated on December 18, 1998.

And memorial tablets in memory of the fallen were placed immediately.

- I am here from the beginning. I don't know all the names, but every year new ones appear. Each has his story, but all of them died too young, - the matron sorrows.

- This tablet is one of the first - in memory of Ludmyla Cherednyk (1977-1998). A very young girl, who served in traffic police. She was attacked on Khreshchyatyk street, tortured and killed. She was such a talented girl. She carved boxes out of wood. Her mother brought some once to show her works, - she continues.

- You know, her mother is an artist, by the way. She has been coming to the Church since the first day, and in the first half year - every day. She used to work here as a candle lighter for some time.

- We already know many families of the dead. They keep coming, sometimes with children. Colleagues also come from time to time, - Katery says.

Indeed, the atmosphere in the Church is cheerful, though uncommon. Instead of icons there are memorial tablets, and they are numerous - 75 names, mostly of young people...

Dear reader, sorry for such short and emotionless report, but ForUm's editor's office has agreed  that long pompous speeches during commemoration are considered mauvais ton. Thus, let's just simply honor the memory of good people and try to remember tomorrow that there are police officers, ready to risk their lives for us. 

Yulia Artamoshchenko, photos by Maxim Trebukhov


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