On the occasion of the Day of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy presented high state awards to servicemen, battle flags to commanders of military units, honorary titles and ribbons of the Presidential honorary award "For Courage and Bravery".
The solemn ceremony took place in the Mariyinsky Palace in the capital.
"Now here, in the Mariyinsky Palace, are our heroes, relatives of our warriors, commanders and representatives of combat brigades and units who have just arrived from the front and are returning to the frontline again. Where it's really hot. Where they really fight for our freedom, for our independence, for our children. And I want to say to everyone present what is definitely in the heart of every Ukrainian today: I thank you! I thank absolutely all soldiers, all sailors, all sergeants, sergeant-majors, all officers, all heroes, generals and, of course, all your fathers and mothers, our dear, esteemed Ukrainian warriors," said the Head of State, addressing the attendees.
The President noted that thousands of Ukrainians gave their lives for the day to come when not a single occupier remains on our land and all our people are free again.
The attendees honored with a moment of silence the memory of everyone who died on the battlefield for the sake of our country and whose life became part of the heroic history of courage of Ukraine.
The Head of State wished everyone present victory, which they and the entire Ukrainian people deserve.
“All our parents, our children deserve it. Our state and history deserve it. To finally gain victory,” the President emphasized.