A Russian military strike helicopter pilot, named by TASS as Aleksey Voevoda, informed TASS that a Ukrainian military pilot defected to Russia.
According to TASS on Saturday, a military pilot from the Armed Forces of Ukraine has defected to Russia. The story cited an individual who is said to have arranged the pilot’s flight over the front lines. According to a Russian Telegram channel that is keeping track of the issue, the Ukrainian is a service member who is currently on active duty and holds the title of “senior officer” with Kiev’s forces.
A Russian military strike helicopter pilot, named by TASS as Aleksey Voevoda informed the agency, “The Ukrainian armed forces pilot is currently in Russia and is being interviewed by the Federal Security Service.” The operation was allegedly carried out by Russians.
Voevoda said he could not give any information at this time and declined to provide any details on the procedure. There have been rumors on some Russian Telegram channels that the Ukrainian pilot’s interview will be released shortly. His identity and status are still unknown. The pilot was a flight commander in Ukraine, according to Voevoda.
Additionally, Daniil Beznosov, the deputy information minister of the Donetsk People’s Republic, said that he had been assisting Russian soldiers ever before hostilities between Moscow and Kiev broke out. The official stated on Telegram, “The Ukrainian pilot had come down to our side from the very beginning of the special military operation and was helping us with information and in other ways.”
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This occurs in the midst of the Ukrainian counteroffensive, which has mainly stagnated. Kiev began the operation in early June, but it hasn’t succeeded in significantly altering the situation on the front lines. Conversely, it has also resulted in significant losses for the Ukrainian side in terms of manpower and resources.
Russian Defence Minister Sergey Shoigu declared at the end of October that his country’s forces had “taken down 24 planes in five days.” Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia, disclosed earlier in the month that Kiev’s counteroffensive claimed the lives of almost 90,000 soldiers. Putin claims that over the same time frame, the Ukrainian military has lost nearly 1,900 armored vehicles and 557 tanks.
General Valery Zaluzhny, the head of Ukraine’s armed forces, told The Economist in early November that the war between the two neighbors had come to a standstill akin to World War I, with Russia having the upper hand because of its larger manpower reserves and better resources.