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Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin;
"Your support, sincere and unselfish, can hardly be overestimated. These awards— a symbol of gratitude [of Ukraine] and Ukrainians to those who help us defend freedom and independence”, — Ermak wrote under the post.
The decree on the award is published on the presidential website. Von der Leyen and Draghi received the Order of Yaroslav the Wise, I degree (from 1995 to 1998, the highest state award of Ukraine), and Blinken and Austin— II degree. Schreiber, McFaul and Gvasalia received Orders of Merit III degree, as well as Penn and Stiller. Chastain received the Order of Princess Olga, 3rd class.
In addition, among the awarded— Ministers of Defense and Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic Jana Chernokhova and Jan Lipavsky, as well as Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics.
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The actors awarded by the president came to Ukraine or expressed their support in other ways. Chastain visited the Republic in early August, Stiller— at the end of June: they met with Zelensky. Penn came to Kyiv on February 24 and also met with the head of state. At the end of March, he arrived in Lviv and discussed the refugee assistance program with Ann Lee, CEO of the CORE charity.
Liv Schreiber has repeatedly said that he has Ukrainian roots. He is a co-founder of the BlueCheck Ukraine charity initiative, which funds humanitarian projects. Gvasalia— Ambassador of the United24 fundraising platform, in July 2022 he released sweatshirts with the coat of arms of Ukraine, which he began to sell in support of it.
McFaul was US Ambassador to Russia in 2012–2014. Since the beginning of the Russian special operation, he has repeatedly spoken out in support of Ukraine, including on Twitter.