Order of Merit (Ukraine)
Order of Merit - a state award of Ukraine; this order was established by Decree of the President of the country No. 870/96 of September 22, 1996 to distinguish citizens for outstanding achievements in economic, scientific, socio-cultural, military, state, public and other spheres of public activity for the benefit of Ukraine.
History of the establishment of the Order
The Order of Merit became the successor to the Badge of Honor of the President of Ukraine - the first award of independent Ukraine, established on August 18, 1992 by the President of Ukraine L. Kravchuk on the 1st anniversary of Ukraine's independence. In August 1992, the well-known Soviet Ukrainian writer, chairman of the Ukrainian Peace Council, academician of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine Oles Gonchar was awarded the Badge of Honor No. 1. Taking into account the world and domestic award experience, the badge was transformed into the Order of Merit of three degrees, which significantly expanded its scope. Citizens awarded the Honorary Insignia of the President of Ukraine are called holders of the Order of Merit and retain the right to wear the Honorary Insignia of the President of Ukraine awarded to them. The Order of Merit may be awarded posthumously.
1. The Order of Merit has three degrees: the highest degree of the order is the 1st degree.
2. The Order of Merit is awarded to citizens of Ukraine for outstanding personal achievements in the economic, scientific, technical, socio-cultural, military, state, public and other fields of activity.
3. The Order of Merit may be awarded to foreign citizens and stateless persons:
the Order of Merit, 1st degree - heads of sovereign states, heads of governments and parliaments, ministers of sovereign states;
the Order of Merit, II degree - deputy heads of governments and parliaments, ministers and heads of other central executive bodies, ambassadors of foreign states in Ukraine;
the Order of Merit, III degree - employees of foreign embassies in Ukraine, well-known state, political, public figures, artists, scientists, businessmen and others.4. Awarded with the Order of Merit