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Hi to all. I want to create a topic about Ukrainian awards for the war with Russia. The war lasts eight years, during which time many medals and various badges were established. I would divide them into several categories - official and unofficial. Official are divided into state and departmental. Unofficial - these are awards of veterans and public organizations, as well as commercial ones that are made for sale to everyone, some units and public organizations used them. My English is not perfect but I will try tell about it. First of all I want to suggest my an article, it on Ukraine but maybe it help to understand our reward system: https://www.ukrmilitary.com/2022/05/voenni-nagorody.html?m=1&fbclid=IwAR3qNOhLdvjKDeSY-FNha2zmRiN8KH1yMqsd65xdeGscJzGp1a7X4eRq4PI

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The first medal of the war was established in the spring 2014, it was Commemorative badge ''For Military Valour'' (За воїнську доблесть). Why medal named ''Commemorative badge''? Because we have bad rewards law this prevents the establishment of the necessary awards, therefore they are created to bypass the law by substituting concepts. Our award system was not ready for war and was developed for the needs of peacetime, nothing has changed in eight years and we still need reform. Commemorative badge ''For Military Valour'' it's award of Defender ministry The commemorative badge "For military valor" is an award of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, it was awarded for a short period until around the end of 2014 or maybe the beginning of 2015. The text on the reverse: "The greatness of the Motherland is in your great deeds."

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A year later, in 2015, the award of the "South" commander "For the defense of Mariupol" (За оборону Маріуполя) was established.

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Badge of the Chief of the General Staff "Participant of ATO" (Учасник АТО). ATO is an anti-terrorist operation. Established in the second half of 2015 as a commemorative medal for military personnel.

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On December 9, 2015, the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine established the "Defender of Ukraine" medal. The medal did not last long because its design was unsuccessful and it included elements of Russian weapons - a rifle and a tank. It was replaced by another medal with the same name, but it is also not very popular.

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The medal of the Ministry of Internal Affairs "Defender of Mariupol" was established in 2015.

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The medal of the Ministry of Internal Affairs "For participation in the Kharkiv operation" was established in 2016.

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The medal of the Anti-Terrorist Center under the Security Service of Ukraine "For the Liberation of Donbas" (За визволення Донбасу) was established at the end of 2015.

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The award of the President of Ukraine "For participation in an anti-terrorist operation" (За участь в антитерористичній операції) was established on February 17, 2016, but the awarding began only in the spring of 2018, and a month later the medal lost its relevance because the anti-terrorist operation was renamed Operation of the United Forces. The medal was awarded for a year and a half, and when Zelenskyi became president, the awards stopped, so many veterans did not receive this medal. The participants of the Operation of the United Forces were not awarded it.

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Along with the medal "For participation in an anti-terrorist operation", the medal "For humanitarian participation in an anti-terrorist operation" (За гуманітарну участь в антитерористичній операції) was established. This one was not memorable, but meritorious. Basically, this medal was received for volunteering.

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Wow, this is fascinating, thank you. I've been busy adding Ukrainian medals to my website since March but it is quite hard to piece the honours system together. I must go read your article... I'm sure it will help.

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And of course this is spawning whole new avenues of research... and raising more questions.

 

It appears the Commemorative Medal "For Military Valour" was not established officially - no Order of the Ministry of Defence instituting it. It just kind of appeared when some generals started to hand it out. Is this correct? Where does it fit in the order of precedence of Ministry of Defence awards or does it belong after the official ones?

 

Its design appears to be copied from a 'medal' from an organisation called the Military Intelligence Veterans Foundation, that has a slew of awards it hands out to its membership. According to their website, these should be worn after state and departmental awards. Anyway, they have a 'Medal for Military Valour' which has virtually the same obverse - emblems representing the Marine Corps, aviation, missile forces and artillery, tank troops, mechanized troops, Airborne Forces, and the Navy - just the Ministry of Defence badge has replaced the emblem of the Military Intelligence Veterans Foundation at the top.

 

As for the ribbon, this is the same as a private purchase award that is designed to be given to your wife, mother, girlfriend or any other significant female in your life!

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On 06.08.2022 at 17:23, Megan said:

І, звісно, це породжує цілі нові шляхи дослідження... і викликає нові запитання.

 

Виявляється, пам'ятна медаль "За військову доблесть" офіційно не була заснована - немає наказу Міноборони про її заснування. Це якось з'явилося, коли якісь генерали почали роздавати. Це правильно? Де це місце в порядку старшинства нагород Міноборони чи після офіційних?

 

Здається, його дизайн скопійований з «медалі» організації під назвою «Фонд ветеранів військової розвідки», членам якої вручається безліч нагород. Як йдеться на їхньому сайті, такі мають носити після державних і відомчих нагород. Так чи інакше, у них є «Медаль за військову доблесть», яка має практично такий же аверс – емблеми морської піхоти, авіації, ракетних військ і артилерії, танкових військ, механізованих військ, повітряно-десантних військ і військово-морського флоту – тільки значок Міністерства оборони. замінив емблему Фонду ветеранів військової розвідки у верхній частині.

 

Що стосується стрічки, то це те саме, що нагорода за приватну покупку, призначену для вручення вашій дружині, матері, дівчині чи будь-якій іншій значущій жінці у вашому житті!

Yes, you are absolutely right that this medal, its design is copied, as well as the ribbon. This "medal" was established by the Ministry of Defense, officially it is a commemorative badge, not a medal. This was done because for a certain period we did not have a president who could award fighters. The awards of the Ministry of Defense are limited in number, they cannot be awarded more than specified by law, it is about 2000 or 3000, this is not enough for the army that is fighting, so they bypassed the law and established a commemorative badge. The "medal" has a bad design because it was done in a hurry, and the manufacturer reacted badly to it and decided to copy the veteran medal. This manufacturer has done this way many times, so his medals are similar to each other.

On 06.08.2022 at 19:06, Megan said:

Далі орієнтуючись на медаль «За оборону Маріуполя», вона також виглядає неофіційною, і її дійсно можна придбати у виробника – компанії «Гарант Партнерс».

 

All awards are unofficial, even if they are established by the ministry, only two President's medals are official.

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"United Forces" badge (нагрудний знак "Об'єднані сили"), established in 2019. The badge is very rare, I only found one image, I think it was awarded for a very short time.

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Awards of the Commander of the United Forces, the Cossack Cross (Козацький хрест) - has three degrees, which are awarded not necessarily consecutively from the lowest to the highest, and the "For Valour and Loyalty" medal (За звитягу та вірність). The commander did not have the right to set his own insignia, but he did so, so they cannot be considered completely official. These awards were received very often from 2019 to February 24, 2022.

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Hello!

In the latest news I saw President Selensky with a stitched cross upon his t-shirt.

Could it be the (above mentioned) Cossack Cross?

Or is it just the cross of the Ukrainian Forces?

Thanks a lot!

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