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Congratulations to legendary spy, Hero of Ukraine Evgeniy Bereznyak

Today, on February 25, the legendary spy, Hero of Ukraine, Major General Retired Evgeniy Bereznyak turns 95, according to the press office of the Defence Ministry.

Dear Evgeniy!

On behalf of Kiev authorities and myself I would like to wish you a happy birthday! I wish you vitality, perseverance, good health and a long happy life, faith, optimism, endurance, wealth, honour, love, respect and friendship of your loved ones, thoughtfulness and integrity of your friends. May all the troubles and worries stay in the past.

We are extremely grateful for the invaluable contribution to the liberation of Ukraine from fascist invaders, for your courage, bravery and patriotism in battles for the freedom and future of our country. Your heroic deeds, your contribution to the history and glory of Ukraine will always be remembered, becoming an object lesson for future generations. A special thanks to you and the best of everything.

Best regards,
Kiev Mayor
Leonid Chernovetskiy


One of his major campaigns was to determine the weapon structure and the location of the headquarters of German 7th Army and all its divisions. Over 100 German soldiers and officers were killed and 17 captured in action, several military echelons were derailed, 4 bridges were destroyed.

For courage and heroism, Evgeniy Bereznyak was awarded a number of military decorations including two Orders of the Patriotic War of the 1st and 2nd classes, the Order of the October Revolution, the Order of the Labour Red Flag, the Order of the Badge of Honour, medals For Labour Valour of the 1st and 2nd classes, the Order For Achievements and three Orders of Bohdan Khmelnytsky of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd classes.

The character of the famous film Major Whirlwind, the adaptation of Yulian Semyonov’s book, was based on the legendary spy Evgeniy Bereznyak.

In August 2001, according to the Decree of the President of Ukraine, retired Lieutenant Colonel Evgeniy Bereznyak was awarded the title of Hero of Ukraine and the Order of Gold Star. On April 24, 2005, the Order of the Minister of Defence of Ukraine awarded Mr Bereznyak the military rank of Major General Retired.

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