Shoigu presented the stars of the Hero of Russia to the participants of the special operation in Ukraine

Shoigu awarded the military medals of the Hero of Russia for heroism during a special operation in Ukraine. He added that they adequately represent the troops of the new generation. One of the awardees shot down a Ukrainian fighter jet and destroyed an air defense system


Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu presented the Gold Star medals two Russian servicemen for heroism during a special military operation in Ukraine, the ceremony was held at the National Defense Control Center of the Russian Federation, the press service of the Ministry of Defense reported.

The highest state awards were received by the navigator of the fighter aviation regiment, Major Viktor Dudin and the deputy commander of the assault aviation regiment, Lieutenant Colonel Dmitry Litvinov.

“You serve with dignity and worthily represent the armed forces of a new generation, the generation of those who today have replaced those who defended the independence and freedom of our Fatherland back in 1945. I congratulate you from the bottom of my heart»— said Shoigu.

According to the certificate of the Ministry of Defense, the medal “Gold Star” serves as a sign of special distinction; together with a diploma, it is awarded to the Hero of Russia. The title of Hero is considered in Russia the highest degree of distinction, it is awarded by the president for a heroic deed or services to the people and the state.

TV channel of the Ministry of Defense “Zvezda” at the end of March, he reported on Dudin's actions. According to the agency, during a combat patrol, he discovered a Su-27 fighter of the Ukrainian Air Force, after which he destroyed it in battle. Then the pilot destroyed targets several more times as part of a pair or during single flights, Zvezda reported, including — hit the Buk-M1 anti-aircraft defense system, for which it descended to a height of 400m. The TV channel noted that Dudin became the first pilot to be awarded the title of Hero of Russia for participating in a special operation in Ukraine.

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In mid-March, the Ministry of Defense reported on Lieutenant Colonel Litvinov, in a ministry publication, however, he was then called Denis, not Dmitry. The ministry said that the pilot was paired with another aircraft, which was hit by a rocket fired from the ground from a man-portable air defense system (MANPADS). The pilot of the affected aircraft did not leave the board, he turned off the damaged engine and was able to divert the second missile to the side with the help of a shot with heat traps. Litvinov then reorganized and covered the second plane from a second missile hit, the Ministry of Defense noted.

At the request of Roskomnadzor, RBC provides data on the details of the military operation in Ukraine based on information from Russian official sources.

Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine on the night of February 24th. President Vladimir Putin called demilitarization and “denazification” its goals. Ukraine, as well as protecting the civilian population of Donbass from “genocide”.

Ukraine, in response, severed diplomatic ties with Russia, declared mobilization and martial law.

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