“Shoigu, in accordance with the decree of the President of the Russian Federation, presented Gold Star medals to Russian military personnel who showed courage and heroism in carrying out the tasks of a special military operation,” the department said.

In addition, the head of the Ministry of Defense presented the shoulder straps of senior officers to the military of the Russian Armed Forces.

Earlier, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Viktor Goremykin presented state awards to servicemen of the motorized rifle brigades of the 2nd Guards Combined Arms Army of the Central Military District, who distinguished themselves during the liberation of Avdeevka in the DPR.

It was also reported that Russian units occupied new positions in the Avdeevsky direction.