UKRAINIAN President Zelensky presents medals to a soldier as he marks the nation’s National Air Force Day.
He also presented medals in war-torn Kyiv to the families of fallen soldiers – holding a moment of silence in their honour.
The embattled leader said: “Ukrainian pilots, anti-aircraft fighters and all those who defend our airspace have turned out to be much more professional, braver and more motivated”.
This comes as Russian soldiers surrounded in Ukraine begged their defence minister to help them escape.
One of the trapped 200 filmed a social media message to General Sergei Shoigu claiming they had been “abandoned”.
The serviceman, who shielded his face, said: “The situation is really difficult.
“I hope you hear this and can work a way for us to get out.”
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He said: “We have been left, abandoned. I am now in Kherson.”