Wednesday, November 8 2017 21:02 EET
Ukraine
Ukrainian president Poroshenko thanked Volodymyr Zhemchugov for his patriotism who had endured terrible tortures by occupation forces
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President Petro Poroshenko handed keys and order for apartment to Volodymyr Zhemchugov and his wife Olena Zhemchugova.

“It am very pleased to meet you today and I would like to avail myself of this opportunity to thank you for the principled position, the feat, the power of spirit you demonstrated in 2014 and 2015. And until 2016, when you were a hostage and faced tortures,” Petro Poroshenko stressed.

The Head of State emphasized the importance of the extremely principled position of Volodymyr Zhemchugov regarding the restoration of Ukraine's sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence.

“The whole country must know you and your story. You are a true Hero of Ukraine. The future generation of Ukrainian patriots must be raised on your example,” the Head of State noted.

The President also said that he would instruct the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to involve Volodymyr Zhemchugov in the international trips more actively so that he would be able to communicate the truth about what he had endured. "This will be the best weapon against the Russian hybrid war, a significant part of which is propaganda. That is why your position, words and experience will be an extremely important contribution to our victory, which will surely come true. And the release of Donetsk, and the liberation of Luhansk," Petro Poroshenko said.

The Head of State also thanked Volodymyr Zhemchugov's wife, Olena: "I know how hard it was for you, how you waited for him at home, how you withstood and fought".

Petro Poroshenko wished peace and love to the new home of the family. The President also noted that Volodymyr Zhemchugov would continue having assistance in the treatment.

In his turn, Volodymyr Zhemchugov thanked the President for the apartment: "Thank you for fulfilling your promise. You, as Supreme Commander-in-Chief, as President, kept your word". The hero also thanked for supporting and helping him all the time.

Volodymyr Zhemchugov also noted that he was often asked by journalists about how he had gone to fight for Ukraine, having left his peaceful life, having lost his health, property, apartment. "I answer them: the most important thing is that I have not lost Ukraine," he said, noting that he is an ethnic Russian, but he had deliberately made the choice to remain in Ukraine in 1991.

"I want Ukraine to live well. That is why I went to war," the Hero said.

Olena Zhemchugova also thanked the President for his support and assistance. "We are very grateful to you, because all this year we felt the support," she said. The family invited the President to the housewarming.