Working visit of President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky to Odesa region

07 July 2019, 17:30
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As part of the celebration of the Day of the Naval Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the conduction of the Ukrainian-American command staff training Sea Breeze - 2019, the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky arrived at the marina station of the port of Odessa. Svitlana Shatalova, Acting Head of the Regional State Administration, also attended the solemn event.

"Our common goal is strong, equipped with modern ships, armaments and equipment of the Naval Forces of Ukraine. On this path, we feel strong support from our international friends and partners who are in the same position with you today, "the President said, addressing the seamen.

During the speech, the President of Ukraine paid tribute to the Marines who died as a result of a fire on a sanitary car near the village Vodyane, a senior sailor Sergei Mayboroda and a sanitary instructor Irina Shevchenko.

Volodymyr Zelensky assured that he was doing everything possible for the return of Ukrainian seamen captured by the Russian Federation.

"Today, the families of our captive sailors are present here. I bow you down for your courage and your endurance. I will not talk much. Believe me, we are working day and night to bring our sailors back home, "the Head of State stressed.

The President of Ukraine also handed over to seven Ukrainian sailors state awards for personal courage, revealed in the protection of state sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, exemplary execution of military duty and on the occasion of the Day of Naval Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

In addition, Volodymyr Zelenskyi participated in the ceremony of conferring the honorary title of "The Name of Rear Admiral Mikhail Bilinsky" to the 36th Special Brigade of the Marine Corps, as well as "The Name of Vice Admiral Volodymyr Bezkorovoyny" - the Naval Lyceum.

The President of Ukraine also visited the site of the Toronto frigate station of the Navy of Canada, destroyer Duncan of the Navy of Great Britain, Ukrainian assault boat Stanislav, as well as the frigate Hetman Sagaidachny of the Navy of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Photographer - Valery Springs