ETCHMIADZIN (Armenpress)–According to the order of His Excellency Leonid Kouchma–President of the Republic of the Ukraine–dated October 2–His Holiness Karekin II–Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenia’s–was awarded the Insignia of the Ukraine "Duke Yaroslav the Wise" of 5th degree.
The Insignia was awarded to His Holiness for his significant contribution to the development of Armenian-Ukrainian spiritual ties and fostering inter-church relations.
On October 29–Alexander Bozhko–the Ambassador of Ukraine to Armenia–visited the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin and handed the Insignia to His Holiness. As the Ambassador mentioned–the Armenian Pontiff is the first spiritual leader–who is awarded this Insignia of the Republic of Ukraine.
The state Insignia "Duke Yugoslav the Wise" was established by the President of the Ukraine in 1995. It is awarded to high-ranking–renowned public and spiritual figures of the Ukraine and other countries.