On Youth Day, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy together with his wife Olena took part in the ceremony of honoring the participants of the "Children-rescuers - war heroes" event.
This event is conducted by the State Emergency Service of Ukraine with the support of the President. It is happening for the first time. The participants of the event are young Ukrainians who performed the feat of a rescuer during the full-scale Russian invasion. The ceremony took place in the White Hall of Heroes of Ukraine in the Mariyinsky Palace in Kyiv.
"I am glad that we are starting the Youth Day celebration with such a very important event - we congratulate our young heroes. Your actions are bold and mature," said the Head of State, addressing the participants of the event.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy thanked children’s families who raised them to be brave and responsible citizens.
The President emphasized that today's ceremony is taking place in the hall where Heroes of Ukraine are honored and commemorated.
"It is an honor for me to award you in this very hall, which has acquired a different meaning today," he noted.
The Head of State thanked young Ukrainians for their courage and resilience.
"We can be proud of you, which means that Ukraine has a future that we can be proud of today. Greetings to all of you. You are great, our state applauds you. Thank you for every life you saved!" - said the President.
The ceremony was also attended by Minister of Internal Affairs Denys Monastyrskyi and Head of the State Emergency Service of Ukraine Serhiy Kruk who presented the participants with valuable gifts and sets of lifeguard uniforms.