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 Poroshenko awarded 207 Ukrainian military with State Decorations

President Petro Poroshenko signed Decree “On Granting State Decorations of Ukraine”.

Censor.NET reports citing the press service of the head of state.

According to the document, 207 servicemen shall be awarded "for personal courage and high professionalism demonstrated in the protection of state sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, loyalty to the military oath". Among them: 164 Armed Forces of Ukraine representatives, 26 representatives of the National Guard and the Ministry of the Internal Affairs, six representatives of the Security Service of Ukraine and 11 border guards. 63 soldiers of the Armed Forces and five servicemen of the Interior Ministry shall be awarded posthumously.

Special operations team commander, Captain-Lieutenant Mykhailo Horiainov was one of the posthumously awarded heroes.

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The captain-lieutenant performed combat missions as part of the anti-terrorist operation in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. Mykhailo Horiainov commanded the reconnaissance group, which accomplished combat mission to destroy "DPR" terrorists' firing point this year June. The commander of the group organized the observation of the objective and mining of the enemy preferential entry route. He was skillfully coordinating the actions of the group during the attack, which allowed rapid approach to the enemy position.

The captain-lieutenant covered the withdrawal of the group during the engagement but was killed in an unequal battle. The battle lasted several hours. Thanks to the heroic deed of Mykhailo Horiainov the task assigned to the group had been successfully completed and the terrorists suffered heavy losses - more than 10 militants were killed and seven more were wounded.

Junior Sergeant Oleksandr Berdes was involved in increase of combat power of 30th Mechanized Brigade, providing efficient assistance in the preparation of equipment and weapons. He heroically died on the Debaltseve - Artemivsk route in the Donetsk region. He was accompanied delivery of ammunition to Artemivsk. The illegal armed groups attacked the convoy on its way to the designation point. Trying to save his brothers-in-arms, the junior sergeant engaged with the enemy and managed to destroy several terrorists and their equipment. He was fatally wounded in this clash.

All decorated soldiers showed rare courage in the battles for Donetsk and Luhansk airports, Ilovaisk, Semenivka, Stepanivka, Krasnohorivka, Debaltseve, Artemivsk, Avdiivka, Nikishyne, Luhanske and Hranitne.

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