President of Ukraine Zelensky presents medals to a soldier on the occasion of the National Air Force Day.
The heroic leader, 44, presented soldiers fighting against Russia during Ukraine’s six-month war with the “Golden Star” as he proclaimed them Heroes of Ukraine – the nation’s highest honor.
He also presented medals to the families of the fallen soldiers in war-torn Kyiv – and observed a minute’s silence in their honor.
The embattled leader said: “Ukrainian pilots, anti-aircraft fighters and everyone defending our airspace have proven to be much more professional, courageous and motivated.”
This happened when Russian soldiers who were surrounded in Ukraine asked their defense minister to help them escape.
One of the 200 trapped filmed a social media message to General Sergei Shoigu claiming they had been “abandoned”.
The soldier, shielding his face, said, “The situation is really difficult.
“I hope you hear this and can find a way for us to get out.”
He said: “We were left behind, abandoned. I’m in Kherson now.”
His brigade was cut off when Ukraine blew up a bridge on July 27 while trying to retake the southern city of Kherson.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/5950546/volodymyr-zelensky-soldier-medal-ukraine/ Volodymyr Zelenskyy presents the soldier with a medal to mark National Air Force Day in war-torn Ukraine