On Thursday, November 9, Lviv will say goodbye to servicemen Yury Demidenko and Yury Hlavatsky, who died at the hands of the Russian invaders while defending Ukraine. The City Hall calls on Lviv residents and guests to join the city’s farewell ceremony and to refrain from entertainment events and celebrations during this time.
Farewell to soldier Yury Hlavatsky will begin at 8:45 a.m. in the Church of the Ascension of the UGCC in the village of Malechkovichi (81a Shiroka St.). The funeral rites of both defenders – Yurii Hlavatskyi and Yurii Demidenko will begin at 11:00 a.m. in the Garrison Church of Sts. App. Peter and Paul, at 11:30 a city farewell ceremony will take place on Rynok Square.
Yuriy Demidenko will be buried at the Lychakivskyi cemetery in Lviv, and Yuriy Hlavatskyi will be buried at the local cemetery in Malechkovychy, Lviv region.
Biographical references of defenders
Yuriy Demydenko (12.02.1970-02.11.2023) was born in the city of Potsdam (Germany) in the family of a military man.
He lived in the city of Bila Tserkva, Kyiv region, where he graduated from the Bila Tserkva Science and Mathematics Lyceum-Gymnasium No. 16 named after M.O. Kyrylenka. Received higher education at the National Academy of Internal Affairs. Subsequently, he completed military service in the ranks of the border guards.
At first he worked in law enforcement agencies in the capital, then he was transferred to the Ivano-Frankivsk Regional Prosecutor’s Office. Since 1997, he worked at the Prosecutor’s Office of the city of Kyiv.
In 2014, he volunteered for the defense of the Motherland in the ranks of the 81st Separate Airborne Brigade of the Airborne Assault Troops of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. He took a direct part in the battles for the Donetsk airport. Since 2020, he served as part of the 11th border detachment of the State Border Service of Ukraine.
Yuriy Demydenko met the beginning of a full-scale invasion of the Russian Federation on the front lines. He performed combat missions first in Sumy Oblast, and later on in the eastern direction of the front. For his personal courage and self-sacrifice in the defense of the state sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, he was awarded the Order of Courage III degree by decree of the President of Ukraine.
Yury Demidenko is survived by his wife and 14-year-old son.
Download photo Yurii Hlavatskyi (November 26, 1975-November 4, 2023) from Lviv.
Studied at Secondary Secondary School No. 67 of the city of Lviv. He was educated at the mechanical and technological faculty of the Lviv Polytechnic National University (today the Institute of Engineering Mechanics and Transport), and also graduated from the military department at the university.
After completing his studies, he worked as an engineer at the Lviv Locomotive Repair Plant. Subsequently, he engaged in the installation of windows and doors, and also worked as a security guard at the Faculty of Law of the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv. He was a “jack of all trades”, an exceptional carpenter and plumber. Loved cats.
During 2014-2015, he was an instructor at a military training center in the Lviv Region. With the beginning of a full-scale invasion, he joined the ranks of the 42nd separate mechanized brigade of the operational command “West” of the Ground Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine to defend the Motherland from the Russian invaders. After completing the training, he performed combat missions in the eastern direction.
Yury Hlavatsky is survived by his mother, sister, brothers-in-law, nephews, three godchildren, common-law wife and her parents.