Vitalii Skakun, who blew up the bridge in Henichesk at the cost of his own life, is a graduate of Lviv Polytechnic

Віталій Скакун

Today, February 26, 2022, President Volodymyr Zelenskyi decided to award the title of Hero of Ukraine to Vitalii Skakun, a sapper of the 35th Separate Marine Brigade. Posthumously.

His heroic deed slowed the advance of the enemy moving from the Crimea. This allowed the unit to redeploy and organize assistance.

According to the press service of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, when one of the most difficult places on the map of Ukraine was the Crimean Isthmus, to stop the advance of the tank column, it was decided to blow up the Henichesk road bridge. Vitalii Skakun volunteered to fulfill this task.

Vitalii got in touch and said he was blowing up the bridge. The bridge was destroyed, but before the explosion, the soldier did not have time to leave. The hero was 25.

The Ukrainian soldier, sapper of the engineering and sapper department of a separate battalion of the separate 35th Marine Brigade named after Rear Admiral Mykhailo Ostrohradskyi of the Armed Forces of Ukraine was born in Ternopil region, in the city of Berezhany. After graduating from the Higher Vocational School in Lviv No. 20 he studied at Lviv Polytechnic National University.

«Russian occupiers, the earth will burn under your feet! We will fight as long as we live! As long as we live, we will fight!» – emphasize in the General Staff of the Marine Corps Command.