(QHA) -

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has posthumously awarded Russia’s top opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, who was shot dead Feb 27 with the Order of Liberty.

"For Ukrainian people Boris Nemtsov will always remain a person, who considered freedom a universal value, which knew no national boundaries and no limits ... will remain a patriot of Russia and a friend of Ukraine, who had proved that these two points can be combined, if there is a wish"- reads the statement of Ukrainian President.

“For our and your freedom"- this historic slogan became the life motto of Boris Nemtsov. So I decided to award him the Order of Liberty," – Poroshenko said.

Boris Nemtsov, a prominent Russian opposition politician and former deputy prime minister, has been shot dead in Moscow -- two days before a planned protest against President Vladimir Putin's government and war in Ukraine.