Ukrainian president among those nominated for highest Czech state distinction

The Senate has nominated Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenski for the country’s highest state distinction, the Order of the White Lion. Other nominees put forward by the upper chamber are the Mašín brothers' anti-communist resistance group and the director of the counter-intelligence service BIS Michal Koudelka. The state distinctions are annually awarded by the president on the occasion of Czechoslovak Independence Day, on October 28. President Zeman announced earlier his intention to decorate the Ukrainian president with the country’s highest state distinction. Other proposals for nominations will come from the government, the Chamber of Deputies and even members of the public.