The head of state presented state awards and informed on awarding the title of Hero of Ukraine to commander of the 128th Mukacheve mining-infantry brigade Serhii Shaptala for heroism demonstrated in the protection of territorial integrity and sovereignty, and high professionalism in the course of hostilities in Debaltseve, Censor.NET reports citing the presidential press service.
"Mr. Colonel and all the military personnel, thank you for an exemplary fulfillment of the combat mission, for courage and heroism demonstrated during the past six months. Not only Mukacheve and Zakarpattia, but the whole Ukraine is proud of you today," Poroshenko noted.
The head of state examined the location of the Ukrainian servicemen regrouped from Debaltseve and had a conversation with them.
The president also held a meeting with military authorities.