The People's Award was presented by Volodymyr Holodniuk – Ternopil volunteer, father of Ustym Holodniuk, the perished participant of the Euromaidan events and Maryna Komarova – volunteer and the native of Crimea.
The award ceremony lasted for four and a half hours. Spectators, who came to the Oblast Philharmonic Hall, greeted every hero standing and applauding. The warriors themselves later admitted that that day, they had to wipe their tears many times. Though, they went through all the circles of hell in the war lasting in the East of Ukraine, they were astonished by courage of those serving in other units, admired medical men and volunteers who continue to support the army.
Along with other heroes, the awards were presented to the scouts of the 3rd separate Special Forces reconnaissance regiment and the 25th separate airborne brigade, who showed distinguished military achievements, extraordinary courage and heroism during combat missions in the ATO area.