Lieutenant-General Igor Voronchenko, Chief of the General Staff of Ukrane’s Armed Forces, who in March 2014, under life-threatening conditions skillfully organized and personally led the protection and defense of military units of coastal defense troops in Crimea, thanked Crimean Tatars, especially stressing their love of freedom.

- I am very grateful to the Crimean Tatar people who helped and continue helping Ukraine now, thus defending their sovereignty and showing they are truly freedom-loving people, said Lieutenant General.