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Ilmi Umerov received the Order For Merits of the II degree, while Akhtem Chiygoz received the Order For Merits of the III degree, the press service said.

The public figures received awards for a civic courage and invincibility of spirit demonstrated in defending the statehood of Ukraine, the ideals of freedom and constitutional human rights.

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Poroshenko also noted the role of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people and thanked for the fact that "its first priority is the liberation of Crimea and the return of Ukrainian sovereignty and Ukrainian flag to illegally annexed Crimea".

The president also thanked the families of prisoners, journalists in Ukraine and around the world who "were telling about the power of spirit of these true Ukrainian heroes".

"I am thankful to the Ukrainian people who have demonstrated unity, strength and confidence in our victory," Poroshenko noted.