During a working trip to Donetsk region on Wednesday, March, 22, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky visited the frontline positions of the Ukrainian military in Bakhmut area and awarded the service members.
The Head of State heard reports on the operational situation and the course of hostilities on the frontline, spoke with service members, and thanked them for the defense of Ukraine, the President’s Office informs.
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"I am honored to be here today, in the east of our country, in Donbas, and to award our heroes, to thank you, to shake hands. Thank you for protecting the state, sovereignty, the east of Ukraine," Zelensky said.
Those present honored the memory of the fallen defenders with a moment of silence.
On Wednesday President also paid a working visit to Kharkiv region, where he held a coordination meeting on the current security situation in the region.
He was was briefed about the course of recovery in the de-occupied territories of Kharkiv region, the construction of fortifications, the reconstruction of infrastructure and the provision of assistance to the affected citizens.
The military command reported on the operational situation in the area of responsibility of the Kharkiv operational grouping of troops.
The President also discussed with representatives of the energy industry the issue of supplying electricity to all settlements of Kharkiv region.
During the meeting, the Head of State handed over to Kharkiv Mayor Ihor Terekhov the honorary award "Hero City of Ukraine", which the President awarded to Kharkiv in order to celebrate the feat, mass heroism and resilience of citizens in defending the city during the repelling of Russia's armed aggression against Ukraine. On March 6, 2022, Volodymyr Zelensky signed the decree awarding Kharkiv with an honorary award.
“I want to thank the city of Kharkiv. This is truly a hero city. Thanks to the residents of this beautiful city, it defends our independence side by side with other cities of our country,” the President said.
He also presented state awards to the servicemen who distinguished themselves during the defense of Kharkiv region against Russian invaders. The defenders were awarded the Orders of Bohdan Khmelnytskyi of the II and III degrees, the Orders of Danylo Halytskyi and "For Courage" of the III degree.
At the evening the President posted on his facebook his impression on the day.
"Today I have been working in the regions all day. Donbas – the frontline, our warriors, the region. The Kharkiv region after that – the situation in Kharkiv, on the border, in all districts of the region, restoration, protection of critical infrastructure.
Thanks to our people, our heroes, we preserve Ukraine. I am thankful to everyone who fights against Russian evil!" the post reads.
Volodymyr Zelenskiy also made in his evening speech a conclusion on how to stop Russian evil. The main recipe is the Victory of Ukraine.
"In Donbas, in the Kharkiv region – wherever Russian evil has come, it is obvious that the terrorist state cannot be stopped by anything other than one thing – our victory. And we will ensure it – the Ukrainian victory," the President of Ukraine said. "In all areas of the east of our country, where there is a Ukrainian flag, there is also hope. It is felt. We will do everything so that the blue and yellow colors continue their liberation movement – returning normal life to our entire land, from Donetsk to the border," Volodymyr Zelenski promised.
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