Major Anton Listopad, winner of the best pilot of the Ukrainian Air Force in 2019, was killed in action while fighting with Russian forces.
The pilot’s death comes just days after he was honored by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky with the award: the Third Class Medal for Courage, for his “courage, courage and professionalism.”
Listopad, a pilot of the 204th Tactical Aviation Brigade Sevastopol, was buried next to Colonel Yuri Porely in the village of Chukalevka, near the city of Ivano-Frankivsk in western Ukraine, last Monday (15).
More than 100 relatives and Ukrainian military gathered at the funeral to pay their respects, as two fighter jets hovered in the sky in honor of the soldier.
It is unclear exactly how and where the pioneer died, but his death was confirmed by his former school, the Lyceum School of Physics and Technology of the Ivano-Frankivsk Regional Council.
Listopad studied there from 2005 to 2008, before becoming a “first-class” military pilot who defended Ukraine “from the first minutes” of the Russian invasion.
The pilot also led the Ukrainian Air Force in a military parade to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the country’s independence last year.
“Millions of Ukrainians watched with dismay and pride a column of the Air Force parading over Kreshchatyk on the day of the thirtieth anniversary of independence. The school said that the commander of this column was Anton.
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