Donetsk, Nov 27 – DAN. DPR Head Denis Pushilin has awarded state awards to the servicemen of the Sparta Guards Reconnaissance Battalion named after a DPR Hero Arsen Pavlov.

"You have been guarding the sovereignty of the country for the seventh year. We are proud of your military victories, achievements and heroism," Pushilin said addressing the battalion.

A number of servicemen received the Cross of Saint George 4th Class for outstanding achievements in defending the Republic.*ot