"Determination and courage, patriotism and responsibility, mutual aid, solidarity and discipline are the main features of the 'winged infantry', which is considered to be elite and pride of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. You have clearly demonstrated your fighting qualities and professionalism of the highest level in the battles for the liberation of the Donbas. The heroic defense of the Donetsk airport, the storm and retain of Saurova Mohyla, successful raids behind enemy lines, and active participation in other operations became a symbol of exceptional courage of the paratroopers, an example of their military valor and honor", Poroshenko said.
Sloviansk became a symbol of restoration of Donbas - Poroshenko
"You were always the first to act boldly and perform the most difficult tasks in the most dangerous areas of this undeclared war. You meet this day in combat positions in the eastern and southern regions of Ukraine, once again confirming the motto: "No one but us," he added.
He also noted that all Ukrainians bow their heads in the memory of the paratroopers who died defending Ukraine during the ATO.