The head of state awarded decorations at the commemorations on the occasion of the 2nd anniversary of setting up Interior Ministry special purpose battalions.
"Thank you for holding honorable rank of volunteer at high level," Poroshenko addressed the audience and expressed gratitude to volunteer soldiers for their selfless service to the Motherland, the excellent performance of their duties, and wished them successful service.
Starting from April 14, 2014, 56 special purpose battalions were set up in the structure of the Interior Ministry. The units were manned on a voluntary basis from among active citizens ready to take up arms to defend the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the state.
Since the beginning of the anti-terrorist operation, some 100 special purpose battalion fighters have been killed, 367 - injured, 11 - acknowledged missing in action.
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