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 Anniversary of Ilovaisk tragedy: Interior Ministry, National Guard commemorated deceased law enforcers. PHOTOS

On Monday, Aug. 22, Interior Minister Arsen Avakov, National Guard Commander Yurii Allerov, Head of the National Police Khatia Dekanoidze and her first deputy Vadym Troian laid flowers to the monument dedicated to courage, loyalty and heroism of police officers who died at the hands of criminals.

As reported by Censor.NET referring to the Interior Ministry press service, the event was also attended by the leadership of the Academy of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, Interior Ministry veterans and families of killed law enforcers.

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Every year on Aug. 22, Ukraine pays tribute to police officers who sacrificed their lives in the fight against crime.

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Among other posthumously awarded law enforcers, Lt. Col. Volodymyr V. Honchar was marked with the United Nations' Dag Hammarskjöld Medal for the exemplary performance of official duties during his serving in a peacekeeping operation in Ivory Coast. This is the first time a Ukrainian has been given this special posthumous award.

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"They died defending our country from chaos, bandits and invaders. Moreover, today is the anniversary of the Ilovaisk tragedy. We have to remember it and ensure that their feat will be timeless," Avakov remarked.

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National Police First Deputy Head Vadym Troian, who personally took part in the battle for Ilovaisk, thanked mothers and wives of those who did not survive.

"We have to win this war, the enemy will be banished from our land!" he said.

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