Putin congratulates troops on 'liberating' Luhansk

STORY: "I ask you to give a state award to all service personnel who have excelled during this military action (in Ukraine's Luhansk region). Based on your daily reports, I know there are a lot of brave, professional and gutsy - in a good way - soldiers in the Russian army. They all should be decorated with all the relevant state awards," he said.

In a televized meeting with Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, Putin said the troops involved in the operation to capture the Luhansk region should rest, but that other military units should continue fighting.

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