Vadym Voroshilov, Ukrainian fighter pilot shot down 2 cruise missiles, 5 drones
A Ukrainian pilot, dubbed the “Shahed Assassin”, is being hailed as an online hero after stories of his bravery went viral this month.
“On October 11, Major Vadym Voroshilov shot down two Russian cruise missiles in a large-scale missile attack. The next day, he destroyed five ‘Shahed’ drones. “, a Ukrainian military official posted on Twitter earlier this month.
“During the mission, his plane was damaged. He took the downed MiG-29 from a town in the Vinnytsia region and parachuted,” the Ukrainian Territorial Defense Forces wrote.
The account also shared a selfie that the pilot took, bloodied but thumbs up, during his mission – an image that has been widely shared since then.
Sharing photos on the occasion of the Ukrainian Armed Forces Day on December 6, Major Voroshilov wrote: “Let me be frank. No one and nothing can defeat us! The Ukrainian Self-Defense Forces not only protect the state of Ukraine. us, they stand firm to protect the entire civilized world.”
“It is a shield that protects the Western world from a mob that leaves only chaos and destruction behind! But this protection is costly for the children of Ukraine, so it needs to be understood and documented. miss!” he say.
Explaining why he shared the image, the fighter pilot wrote: “On the video from the flights everything is very good, the plane is flying, the missile is returning fire, but it is not. Fortunately, I didn’t understand what was going on behind the scenes, so I decided to post unedited photos.”
The post comes as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine enters its tenth month. Missiles are a key part of the Kremlin’s offensive, with Russia carrying out nine large-scale air strikes – often firing more than 70 missiles at once – since October 10, knocking out electricity, water, and supplies. activation, cellular signal and heating.
Ukraine’s record of shooting down missiles ranges from about 50% to 85%, with recent attacks getting closer and closer to a higher level, according to Reuters news agency based on Ukrainian data.
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