Ukrainian Colonel Oleksandr Oksanchenko, one of the best fighter pilots in the world, was killed in an air battle, APA reports citing RBK.
President Volodymyr Zelensky posthumously awarded the soldier with the title of Hero of Ukraine, the command of the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine announced on Facebook.
Oksanchenko died in battle, diverting enemy aircraft.
“Colonel Oleksandr Oksanchenko, now a Hero of Ukraine, died in an air battle, distracting enemy aircraft… It’s a pity that he didn’t receive the Hero of Ukraine during his lifetime, because he was worth it… He is a Hero for me forever. Forever alive”, Lana Borisova wrote on Facebook.
According to the Telegram channel OperationalAPU on account of Oksanchenko more than two thousand flight hours and flawless performance of the most difficult elements of aerobatics.
He became famous after triumphant flights at the SIAF air show, The Royal International Air Tattoo, International Airshow-2017, Czech International Air Fest.
“His handwriting and style of performing aerobatics are now known to the whole world. Colonel Alexander Oksanchenko is rightfully considered one of the best aerobatic pilots of combat aircraft,” the report says.