President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky signed a decree on awarding the title of Hero of Ukraine to musician Kuzma Skryabin [real name – Andriy Kuzmenko), who died more than five years ago.

“Today we really miss Andriy as an artist, a poet, a volunteer, a person, a Ukrainian, who really wanted those people in his country to live peacefully and happily. Today I signed a decree on awarding the title of Hero of Ukraine to Andriy Kuzmenko. We will always remember you and together we will do everything to turn Ukraine into a place of happy people,” Zelensky wrote on Facebook on Aug. 17.

The head of state noted that Kuzmenko would have turned 52 on Monday. “He was so sincere and open, so native for us that on that terrible day each of us felt that he had lost a close person. Since the beginning of the war, Andriy has regularly traveled to the east and helped our defenders. Kuzma himself was a real defender of Ukraine. He healed the soul with a song, he inspired the struggle with a word. Every Ukrainian has a good memory associated with Kuzma’s songs. He left a mark in everyone’s heart, ” Zelensky wrote.


As reported, leader of the Skryabin group Kuzmenko died on February 2, 2015, in an accident in Dnipropetrovsk region. President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko awarded him the Order of Merit of the first degree (posthumously).

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