Two of Russia’s top fighter pilot’s were blown up in a missile blast bringing Vladimir Putin’s death toll of Russian Colonels to a staggering 82 since the war started on 24 February.
Using the high precision High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMAR) Ukrainian forces blew up two Colonel fighter pilots in the Donetsk region.
The two most highly decorated pilots Lt-Col Maksim Potyomin, 41, and Colonel Anatoly Stasyukevich, 54, fought in the same unit in the town of Krymsk, in Krasnodar Krai were killed on 8 July, but the news has only now come to light.
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Col Stasyukevich, chief of staff of the 1st Guards Baranovichi Red Banner was a third generation Russian military pilot
Lt-Col Potyomin’s father Alexey Potyomin, chairman of the Volgograd Regional Parachuting Federation, said, “My son’s car was hit by a HIMARS missile, which we have been hearing so much about lately…
“His injuries were incompatible with life.”
His godmother Natalya Duddinka told Russian media outlets of her “huge, huge grief,” she added, “there are no words to express this pain.”
Last month Kyiv received the deadly HIMAR systems and are so advanced and precise this has been a game changer for Ukrainian forces and a major blow for Putin’s forces.