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"I can say that the border guards and intelligence officers saved my life during the presidential campaign, when I was in Luhansk – literally 200 meters from the captured building of the SBU [Security Service of Ukraine] – at Izvaryne and Dolzhanskyi [checkpoints]," the president said at the meeting with the border guards in Kyiv region on October 20.

Read alsoPresident to troops ahead of Defender Day: Ukrainian army guarantor of Ukraine’s independence"That is why, I am here today to express sincere gratitude and respect to you, as the level of professionalism of the border guards and intelligence officers is extremely high," Poroshenko added.

He also noted that in February 2014, the reconnaissance was one of the first to inform on the beginning of direct military and special measures of Russia on the illegal annexation of Crimea.