The ceremony of presenting the highest state awards of the Russian Federation was held in the Catherine's Hall of the Kremlin. For the courage, bravery and dedication shown in the performance of military duty, the Order of Courage was awarded to a serviceman of the “Vityaz” Special Purpose Center of the Russian National Guard Troops, Sergeant Lev Makeev.

“Today we are honoring outstanding citizens of Russia – heroes, pioneers, creators, courageous and hardworking people who have made a great contribution to the development of the country, who have shown themselves in our difficult but significant time. Our country has repeatedly faced the trials and defended its sovereignty. Today, the same challenge has again been thrown to Russia, and on the front lines of the special military operation, soldiers, officers, militiamen and volunteers demonstrate exceptional examples of courage and self-sacrifice,” President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin emphasized.

"Dear friends! All your achievements are an inspiring example for the society, for our citizens, especially for young people. You literally write the history of the country with your deeds and actions, create the foundation for future breakthroughs and achievements. I thank you and wholeheartedly congratulate you on the high state awards and honorary titles,” the head of the state said and presented state awards.

After getting the award, Sgt. Lev Makeev, holder of the Order of Courage, delivered a response.

“Comrade Supreme Commander-in-Chief! Comrades present! I am very grateful to you for such a high assessment of our military work. Today we are taking part in the special military operation to liberate Ukraine from armed nationalist gangs that have seized power. I express my sincere gratitude: to my commanders, who by personal example inspire and motivate us in difficult moments of trials; to my dear countrymen from my hometown of Nizhny Tagil, who provide unprecedented support with both word and deed; to all mothers, sisters, wives, girls – to all those who are worried and waiting for their men, your support is the most important thing for us; to our brothers-in-arms, the National Guard servicemen, with whom we have performed, are performing and will successfully carry out the service and combat tasks assigned to the unit at any time and under any conditions. I am proud that I am part of the legendary unit - the Order of Kutuzov of the Red Banner 604th Special Purpose Center "Vityaz". It doesn't matter to us - who is against us, it is important - who is with us. We are all united by a common goal, so let’s work, brothers, because "our cause is just, the enemy will be defeated, the victory will be ours." Eternal memory to the heroes who died in the battle. To be a warrior is to live forever. Glory to the Russian Special Forces, death to terrorism!”

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