Maksym Mykhailovych Shapoval was born on 6 July 1978, in Vinnytsia town in the family of a military aviator.
After graduating from school, he embraced the profession of serviceman as his father and grandfather once had. He graduated from the Military Institute of National Technical University of Ukraine and started his service in reconnaissance military units.
During his service, he participated in peacekeeping operations.
At a later stage, he headed the DIU Special Reserve.
After the Russian armed aggression broke out Maksym Mykhailovych took part in operations on the protection of Ukraine’s independence and territorial integrity in the ATO area on the territory of Donetsk and Luhansk regions. He was a participant of the fiercest battles of 2014–2015. In those days, warriors-scouts often accomplished combat tasks at the expense of their lives. They stayed true to themselves, did not hide behind the backs of others, courageously accepted all the unhuman hardships and, at the same time, performed their work skillfully.
He was directly involved in the liberation of several Ukrainian occupied towns, in battles for strategically important height – Savur-Mohyla, as well as in planning and conducting reconnaissance raids into the deep rear area of the enemy.
Maksym Shapoval made a considerable personal contribution to the process of documenting evidence regarding the presence of the armed forces of the aggressor-state – Russia on the territory of our state. He organized and conducted work aimed at uncovering career officers of the Russian occupation troops, who were engaged in hostilities against Ukrainian warriors.
Among the operations run by Colonel Shapoval was the timely reporting about the deployment of Russian artillery, which made it possible to save hundreds of Ukrainian lives who could have died in the strikes of the Russian occupants.
Despite his high-ranking position, Maksym Mykhailovych spent most of his time with his unit in the ATO area, where he personally led reconnaissance groups of Special Forces. In May of 2014, he commanded the group which liberated the Donetsk airport, and was the first among those courage and strong in spirit warriors who even the enemy, amazed by their fearlessness and fortitude, dubbed “cyborgs”.
Maksym Shapoval was a true professional, an officer with unique knowledge and skills, and most importantly – his love for Ukraine knew no boundaries.
Colonel Shapoval perished on 27 June 2017, as a result of a daring terrorist attack planned by Russian special services.
He was buried on Baikove cemetery in the capital of Ukraine.
From the first day of his career as an officer up to his his last breath Maksym Shapoval served in military intelligence. His courage and bravery, patriotism and devotion to his duty serve as an example to all officers of military intelligence of Ukraine.
According to a Decree of the President of Ukraine #169/2017, dated 30 June 2017, Colonel Shapoval Maksym Mykhailovych was promoted to the rank of Major General (posthumously). His name will permanently remain in the lists of the military unit that he commanded and was written in the Book of Glory which had been established with the aim of perpetuating the memory of individuals who made a significant contribution to the development of military intelligence in Ukraine.
According to a Decree of the President of Ukraine # 264/2017, dated 7 September 2017, Major General Shapoval Maksym Mykhailovych is bestowed with the “Golden Star” Order of Hero of Ukraine (posthumously) for courage and heroism displayed in the protection of state sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, for his considerable contribution to strengthening state defence capability and security, selfless service to the Ukrainian people.
The President also signed a Decree by which the name of Major General Maksym Shapoval is bestowed to the Special Reserve of the Defence Intelligence of Ukraine. The document states that the Hero’s name was bestowed to the DIU Special Reserve in commemoration of the Hero of Ukraine Maksym Shapoval in view of his accomplishments in the name of Homeland, exceptional courage and heroism displayed while protecting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine as well as combat achievements, exceptional execution of assigned tasks and high professionalism. The Head of State presented the new flag to the unit.