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Medals awarded to veterans who served in Second World War Arctic convoys

The prestigious Russian Ushakov naval medals will be presented to Welsh veterans. Photo: ITV News

A further 67 medals will be awarded today to Welsh veterans who served in the Arctic convoys of the Second World War.

The prestigious Russian Ushakov naval medals will be presented in Cardiff later today. It follows yesterday's ceremony in Bodelwyddan Castle in Rhyl.

A ceremony was held in Rhyl yesterday to award veterans with the medals for their service.

In March this year the Russian Government agreed to honour British veterans of the Arctic Convoys during the Second World War.

The medal is awarded to sailors from the Royal Navy and the Merchant Navy who demonstrated courage and bravery by delivering supplies to the Eastern Front via the Arctic.

It'll be a great honour to join the Russian Government today to award the Ushakov Medal to the men who served bravely in the Arctic convoys of the Second World War.

These men played an integral role in ensuring millions of tonnes of vital war supplies reached the Eastern front by traversing some of the most treacherous seas in the world. The not only fought enemy ships, U-Boats and airplanes, but also battled extreme weather, sailing with ship decks covered in ice in ferocious conditions of towering seas and hurricane force winds.

The Ushakov Medal is a fitting counterpart to the UK's Arctic Star campaign medal and it's only right that these medals are awarded in Wales to the men who rightly deserve this recognition. I am pleased we've been able to work with the Russian Embassy and Cardiff Council, to be able to arrange this important ceremony. Sadly many men who made that journey through the Arctic are no longer with us to receive the medal, taken by war or age, but their contribution and sacrifice will not be forgotten.

– First Minister Carwyn Jones