On the 25th anniversary of Ukraine’s independence, RFE/RL Krym.Realii (Crimea.Realities) contributor Mykola Semena was awarded the commemorative Jubilee Anniversary Medal by President Petro Poroshenko.
President Poroshenko announced the medal’s creation by decree in April 2016 and the honorees were announced by First Deputy Minister of Information Policy Emine Dzhaparova at a press conference in Kiev on August 24th, according to Ukrainian multimedia broadcasting platform Ukrinform.
Dzhaparova recognized Semena’s sacrifice in choosing to stay in and continue to report from Crimea despite the risks after the forced annexation by Russia in 2014.
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