President Petro Poroshenko awarded servicemen of the Armed Forces and officials of the State Emergency Service who had proved themselves defending Avdiivka.
The Head of State thanked warriors of the 72nd mechanized brigade for their courage and heroism demonstrated in the protection of Avdiivka from Russian terrorist troops and brave rescuers who have been doing everything possible to help local residents.
The President noted that the enemy - Russian terrorist troops - had gone on the offensive to capture the industrial area of Avdiivka after shelling. He called their actions another provocation aimed to transfer responsibility and condemn the Ukrainian side of violating the ceasefire.
“But the whole world saw the Ukrainian Armed Forces created in the last 2.5 years,” Petro Poroshenko said.
According to him, the 72nd mechanized brigade had proved its name of one of the most powerful brigades of the Land Forces of Ukraine called the “Black Brigade” by the enemies in 2014 due to its successful military operations in the area of hostilities.
“This means the enemy fears the “Black Brigade” and knows that it will not advance any further in the area of the 72nd brigade. For them you are the “Black brigade” and for us you are a bright and brave army,” Petro Poroshenko emphasized.
The President also awarded the officials of the State Emergency Service who had saved the town from the humanitarian disaster.
The attendees honored memory of the fallen warriors with a moment of silence.
According to the President, his team is doing everything for the situation to move towards de-escalation and full ceasefire: “Proper conditions for our diplomats are being created by you: commanders and ordinary soldiers who reinforce Ukrainian positions with their courage and heroism at the negotiations, arm us with arguments sufficient for withstanding our national interests firmly”.