A Russian pilot who abandoned to keep away from going to struggle in Ukraine is discovered lifeless in Spain | EUROtoday

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A Russian pilot who defected final August to give up to the Ukrainian Army with the helicopter he was piloting has been discovered lifeless in Spain, as reported this Monday by the Ukrainian media 'Kyiv Post'.

The dying of the pilot has been confirmed by the consultant of the Ukrainian navy intelligence (GUR), Andr Yusov, who has indicated to the aforementioned media that the very fact of dying will be “confirmed”, though he doesn’t point out the place the place he was discovered. lifeless Maxim Kuzminov.

The Russian deserter pilot who didn’t need to go to struggle

The Russian pilot Maxim Kuzmnovdiscovered lifeless in Spain, didn’t need to go to struggle and ended up flying his Mi-8 helicopter to Ukraine in a joint operation with that nation's intelligence service.

According to Spanish media, they’ve discovered his physique within the city of Villajoyosain Alicante, which hosts a big Russian and Ukrainian group, a incontrovertible fact that has not but been confirmed by the authorities.

The 28-year-old pilot graduated from the Sizran Aviation School, in southern Russia.

He was assigned to serve within the Russian Far East, the place amongst his companions he had a fame for be a “calm person” and ask for “peaceful work”, cargo operations that had nothing to do with navy missions, in line with the Russian Telegram channel Baza.

His pals say that Maxim was “afraid to die in the war” and wished to depart the Army even earlier than the beginning of the struggle in Ukraine, however “they wouldn't let him.”

Furthermore, the pilot was petrified of being captured in Ukraine. The pilot's colleagues declare that his girlfriend, who was not conscious of his plans, stayed in Vladivostok, within the Russian Far East.

According to Baza, Kuzmnov's mom would even have deserted Russia earlier than his son defected to Ukraine along with his helicopter, one thing that occurred in the summertime of 2023.

Once in Ukraine, to which he flew with out the opposite two members of his crew figuring out their destiny and who have been shot down after refusing to give up, Kuzmnov mentioned that he didn’t need to be concerned in struggle crimes and requested different Russian pilots to They adopted his instance.

He mentioned he contacted representatives of Ukrainian navy intelligence, who then assured his security, supplied him new paperwork and compensation of half 1,000,000 {dollars} earlier than continuing to plan the operation.

A deliberate desertion

Kuzmnov He made the ultimate resolution whereas flying close to the border between Russia and Ukraine on August 9. He then guided the helicopter throughout the border at a particularly low altitude.

“Apparently, for 3 or 4 days no one (in Russia) understood what happened to me. I landed and they welcomed me (in Ukraine),” he mentioned.

According to the video launched by kyiv, Kuzmnov was injured after touchdown, however was supplied medical help in time.

During the video recording, the pilot and his household have been in Ukraine, in line with that nation's navy intelligence.

Meanwhile, in Russia, the Military Training Committee filed a case for “treason” towards Kuzmnov and the family of his two companions who have been murdered after touchdown in Ukraine requested him to pay along with his life for what he did.

“If Maxim really did what he did, I hope they find him and kill him,” mentioned the spouse of one of many helicopter's navigators, quoted by Russian tv.

Kuzmnov's crewmates have been adorned postmortem by Russian authorities.