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    Ukrainian Officer Who Killed Child in Drunken Accident Receives State Honor

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    Senior lieutenant of the Ukrainian army who ran over and killed an 8-year-old girl in March has been awarded with a state order: the decree was published on the website of the Ukrainian president.

    Senior lieutenant of the Ukrainian army Marian Rak, one of the suspects in the drunken road accident, has received the country’s military order of Bogdan Khmelnitsky of the third grade.

    His name was among the list of recipients of the award in the respective presidential decree published on the website of the President of Ukraine.

    President of Ukraine Decree №461/2015
    President of Ukraine Decree №461/2015

    Marian Rak was among the suspects in a drunken accident back in March when Ukrainian soldiers ran over and killed an 8-year-old girl and severely injured the child's mother with another small child in a stroller, when recklessly driving an armored vehicle on the streets of the town of Konstantinovka.

    The local residents confirmed that at the time of the accident the soldiers were drunk.

    Two suspects were arrested at the time but later released on bail.

    The Ukrainian General Staff has confirmed the award but argued it was given for actions prior to the tragic accident.

    The 3rd grade order of Bogdan Khmelnitsky is awarded to officers up to battalion commander in the armed forces and to equivalent regimental commanders, their chiefs of staff, and battalion and company commanders for outstanding leadership, organizational ability, and perseverance leading to decisive victory in battle.

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