Zelenskyy arrives in vicinity of Bakhmut and awards its defenders

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President Volodymyr Zelenskyy visited the frontline positions of the Ukrainian army on the Bakhmut front during his working visit to Donetsk Oblast on 22 March.

Details: Zelenskyy on Telegram; Office of the President of Ukraine

Quote from Zelenskyy: "Donetsk Oblast. The frontline positions of the Ukrainian military on the Bakhmut front.

I am honoured to be here today to award our heroes. To shake their hands and thank them for protecting the sovereignty of our country."

Details: The president reportedly heard updates on the operational situation and the course of hostilities at the front line.


Zelenskyy spoke to the soldiers, thanked them for defending Ukraine and presented them with state awards.


In particular, Captain Illia Verhun, a gunner who was awarded the title of Hero of Ukraine received the Gold Star Order.


For reference: Since 24 February 2022, Verhun has been involved in countering Russia's armed aggression. He directly led anti-tank units during the liberation of the city of Trostianets in Sumy Oblast and participated in deterring Russian forces on the Izium front. Units under Verhun's leadership and with his personal participation destroyed a large number of Russian vehicles.

There was also a moment of silence to honour the fallen.

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