In particular, the title of Hero of Ukraine was posthumously awarded to Colonel Oleg Gegechkori.
The President signed decrees on awarding Ukrainian defenders / UNIAN photo, Volodymyr Gontar
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy awarded 216 servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
This is stated in his video message.
“Also, traditionally in the evening, I signed decrees on awarding our defenders. State awards were given to 216 military personnel of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The title of Hero of Ukraine was awarded to Colonel Oleg Irodievich Gegechkori (posthumously), commander of the helicopter squadron of the 11th separate army aviation brigade of the Ground Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine,” – said the head of state.
As UNIAN reported earlier, Volodymyr Zelenskyy presented the first combat distinctions of independent Ukraine – the insignia “Cross of Combat Merit” to five military men, as well as the first insignia “For Courage and Courage”.
Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine General Valery Zaluzhny, who successfully organized the defense of the state and personally led the heroic opposition of the Armed Forces of Ukraine to this invasion, became the first holder of the Military Merit Cross.
During yesterday’s evening video message, the president stressed that military awards are a fair new tradition for the state.