Former prisoner of militants Vladimir Pearls, today received the title of Hero of Ukraine, stated that his example showed that Ukraine will never abandon its citizens.
He said this today, January 22, during his award at the celebrations on the occasion of day of conciliarity of Ukraine in Kiev, the press service of the President.
«Today, unity Day, unification day of Ukraine, I want to say the fight, which was early, and the struggle that we have yet to come to a victorious conclusion of the war — it’s all in vain. In my example not only patriots, but also ordinary inhabitants of the occupied territories of Donbass and Crimea have seen that Ukraine will never quit,» said Pearl.
As reported, President Petro Poroshenko signed a Decree «On awarding Vladimir Zhemchugova the title Hero of Ukraine» and during today’s celebrations, he received the order «gold Star».
Recall, 3 December 2016, it was reported that the release from captivity of fighters Vladimir Zhemchugova in a German hospital regained hearing and sight in one eye and also had a hernia operation on his stomach. It was noted that he did five operations.
Pearls were released from captivity of fighters on 17 September 2016.
In the Donbas Pearls hit a trip wire, resulting in lost vision, and were without arms. Pearls seriously wounded were taken prisoner to terrorists, and they kept him for about a year.
During the period 28 Dec 2014 to 24 September 2015, Vladimir Pearls spent 30 special operations to destroy military targets of the enemy and of the personnel of the occupation forces. Among the performed operations damage the nine sections of the railway used by the enemy for transportation of arms, military equipment and ammunition from the territory of the Russian Federation to the temporarily occupied districts of Donetsk and Lugansk regions; decommissioning of the four power lines, three gas distribution stations and transformer substations; destruction of military vehicles and personnel of the illegal armed groups. His selfless actions in the enemy’s rear was particularly successful and timely during the defense of debaltseve.
29 September 2015 during the execution of the next combat mission and attempts to capture the enemy Pearls decided to blow themselves up, resulting in was seriously injured lost both hands and sight. The militants seized him unconscious.
Despite the extremely poor health, Zhemchugova for a long time was held in Lugansk SIZO, however, during interrogation, counterintelligence bodies of insurgents was brave.
Pearls: Ukraine has never and will not abandon anyone 22.01.2017