In 2016, the President Poroshenko has awarded Mary Shtepa the order of Princess Olga III degree.
A participant in the national liberation movement, political prisoner camps, connected the UPA Shtepa Maria died on 1 June in Chortkiv Ternopil region.
She was 96 years old, informs a press-service of the Chortkiv town Council.
It is reported that the funeral will be held today, June 2, at 12:00 at the Church of the Immaculate Conception of the blessed virgin Mary Chortkiv.
Connected the UPA Maria Shtepa
Maria Shtepa – a native of the village Romashivka of Chortkiv district, Ternopil region. Maria in adolescence actively participated in the activities of the Patriotic organization “Prosvita”, and in 1942 he enrolled in the youth of the OUN. Working in the district village Bilobozhnytsia, was the messenger of the OUN-UPA under the pseudonym of “Topol”. Reported dangers in the village, where there should be a RAID, to avoid unequal fighting in the case of the environment of the rebels of the NKVD. Helped wounded rebels were receiving medication. Arrested on 12 December 1946.
He served his sentence in Mordovia for 10 years, working in the logging.
She is the author of 10 books. In addition, Shtepa has created a Museum of political prisoners and repressed in Chertkovsky area in the premises of the Buchach eparchy management.
22 August 2016 President Petro Poroshenko has awarded Mary Shtepa the order of Princess Olga III degree.