The award-giving ceremony is due to take place in Chongar on November 18.

Andrey Klimenko, Chief Editor of BlackSeaNews, wrote this in his Facebook account:

“The People’s Hero of Ukraine order will be awarded yet again, and just imagine - they picked Chongar of all places to do that! (There is currently a nationwide debate going on...) The list of the nominees includes a businessman from Kiev and volunteer Victoria Khristenko, who my friends have lovingly called ‘Mother of marines’ since they left Crimea in the spring of 2014.

For the last two days, she has been busy buying uniform for 32 marines who were not issued winter clothes. She personally saw to it that the Navy Headquarters stayed in Odessa in the autumn of 2014.

And Reshat Ametov. Posthumously. A Crimean Tatar kidnapped outside of the Cabinet of Ministers building in Simferopol’s Lenin Square for staging a one-man protest against occupation of Crimea. His body was recovered on March 15, 2014. I will be giving my vote for these two. Unfortunately, I don’t know anything about the rest. Long live Ukraine! Long live heroes!”