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PRESS RELEASE : President awarded the National Guard soldiers who distinguished themselves in battles with the Russian aggressor

The press release issued by the President of Ukraine on 26 March 2022.

On the Day of the National Guard of Ukraine, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy awarded the NGU servicemen who showed personal courage and dedication in repelling the armed aggression of the Russian Federation against our state.

“I want to thank everyone for your service. For your work, for protecting our territorial integrity, sovereignty, all our families,” he said.

“Please take care of yourself, take care of your families, take care of your children’s health. All this is important and will be needed for us, for our future, which we are building and will build together with you,” Volodymyr Zelenskyy added, presenting the awards.

In particular, the award was received by:

NGU soldier Andriy Yesaultsev who showed courage during the evacuation of personnel from Antonov Airport.

Major Oleksandr Solonko who defended Kyiv Airport and, despite heavy rocket fire from the enemy, kept the defense and destroyed an enemy sabotage and reconnaissance group. During the battle, Oleksandr Solonko captured five saboteurs.

Soldier Roman Bereza who showed courage during the fire contact with the paratroopers of the aggressor who fired at the military unit.

Senior Lieutenant of the medical service Maryna Riazantseva who came under mortar fire from the occupiers near the village of Horenka, as a result of which a battle broke out with an enemy sabotage and reconnaissance group. As a result of the projectile explosion, Maryna Riazantseva was shell shocked, but despite the pain continued to provide medical care to the wounded soldiers and evacuate them during the enemy shelling.

Senior Sergeant Makym Tkach who saved the battle flag during the withdrawal of personnel from the location of the military unit.

In addition, the Head of State conferred the military rank of Brigadier General upon Colonels of the National Guard Volodymyr Barziuk, Oleksandr Biletsky, Oleksandr Bilous, Vitaliy Kozaletov and Kostiantyn Pletko.