Zelenskyy touchingly presented the Hero of Ukraine to Zaluzhnyi: emotional footage

President and ex-Commander-in-Chief hugged twice

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy personally awarded former Commander-in-Chief Valeriy Zaluzhnyi with the title of Hero of Ukraine. The emotional moment of the awarding touched Ukrainians.

The video of the ceremony was released by the President's Office on Friday, February 9. During the presentation of the Golden Star Order, which is awarded to Heroes of Ukraine, Zaluzhnyi and Zelenskyy hugged each other twice.

"Today we are honoring with state awards and the title of Hero of Ukraine the soldiers who, together with all those who stood up to defend our state and Ukrainian life, determine the fate of Ukraine," the President of Ukraine said.

Zelenskyy presented awards to the military

He added that Ukraine has already managed to stop the aggressor and "learned to defend its own in the way it needs to win."

Presentation of the Gold Star to Zaluzhnyi

"And we have to go all this way exactly the way we need to in order to achieve Ukrainian goals. Glory to the Ukrainian soldiers! Glory to Ukraine!" Zelenskyy said.

The moment of award presentation touched Ukrainians

The video also shows the moment when the award was presented to Kyrylo Budanov, Chief of the Defence Intelligence of Ukraine.

Zaluzhnyi hugs Zelenskyy

The day before, Zelenskyy signed decrees awarding the title of Hero of Ukraine to Zaluzhnyi and Budanov.

Zaluzhnyi received the ''Hero of Ukraine'' award
Zelenskyy and Zaluzhnyi hugged twice
The moment of the award presentation
Zaluzhnyi awarded the title of ''Hero of Ukraine'' after his release

The award ceremony was also attended by the new Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Oleksandr Syrskyi.

As OBOZ.UA previously reported, on February 8, Zelenskyy fired Zaluzhnyi and appointed Syrskyi as the new commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces. The president thanked Zaluzhnyi for "two years of defense" and said he had offered him to stay in the team.

According to Zelenskyy, 2024 can be successful for Ukraine only if there are effective changes in the defense sector.

Defense Minister Rustem Umerov, in turn, said that on February 8, a decision was made to change the leadership of the Armed Forces, and noted that Zaluzhnyi had one of the most difficult tasks – to lead the army during a major battle with Russia.

Zelenskyy voiced his expectations of the new commander-in-chief: the development of a detailed action plan for the Armed Forces for 2024, a fair redistribution of Western weapons between brigades, solving logistical problems, knowledge of the front by each general, a review of the number of staffs, an effective rotation system, trained soldiers on the contact line, and the appointment of a commander of the Unmanned Systems Forces.

The Pentagon stated that it was ready to cooperate effectively with any Ukrainian military leader, while the State Department called the change in the Armed Forces leadership a sovereign decision to which the head of state was entitled.

On February 9, Syrskyi made his first statement as commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces. In particular, he assured that the lives of Ukrainian soldiers were and still are the main value.

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