Zelensky gee soldaatmedalje op Nasionale Lugmagdag in die oorloggeteisterde Oekraïne

UKRAINIAN President Zelensky presents medals to a soldier as he marks the nation’s National Air Force Day.

The heroic leader, 44, presented the “Golden Star” award to soldiers fighting Rusland as die war in Ukraine passed six months as he declared them Heroes of Oekraïnethe nation’s highest honour.

President Zelensky presents medals to a soldier as he marks the nation’s National Air Force Day

President Zelensky presents medals to a soldier as he marks the nation’s National Air Force DayKrediet: AFP
Zelensky said: 'All those who defend our airspace have turned out to be much more professional, braver and more motivated'

Zelensky said: ‘All those who defend our airspace have turned out to be much more professional, braver and more motivatedKrediet: AFP

He also presented medals in war-torn Kyiv to the families of fallen soldiersholding 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, gesê: “The situation is really difficult.

I hope you hear this and can work a way for us to get out.”

Hy het gesê: “We have been left, verlate. I am now in Kherson.

His brigade was cut off when Oekraïne blew up a bridge on July 27 as they attempted to reclaim the southern city of Kherson.

Zelensky also presented medals in war-torn Kyiv to the families of fallen soldiers - holding a moment of silence in their honour

Zelensky also presented medals in war-torn Kyiv to the families of fallen soldiersholding a moment of silence in their honourKrediet: AFP