On July 13, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has conferred the Hero of Ukraine title and the Order of the Gold Star on Junior Lieutenant Taras Matviiv who died in Donbas, defending the state sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.
According to the decree, the Hero of Ukraine title was awarded to Matviiv for his personal courage in defending the state sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine in his selfless service to the Ukrainian people.
Matviiv died on the evening of July 10 when Russian-backed forces fired at Ukrainian positions. A mine hit a dugout containing two soldiers. Matviiv pulled his comrades out of the crater and took them to a safe place. At that moment, another mine fell on the position and fatally wounded the Ukrainian defender.