Ukrainian Air Force pilot Colonel Oleksandr Oksanchenko, reportedly nicknamed “Grey Wolf” was killed in an air battle near Kyiv.
President Volodymyr Zelensky posthumously awarded Oksanchenko with the title of Hero of Ukraine.
Confirming the news today, Ukraine’s government it lost “one of the best fighter pilots in the world” while trying to divert enemy aircraft. Unconfirmed reports say he lost his life on Friday night when his jet was shot down by a Russian S-400.
He left active service and joined the reserves in late 2018, but volunteered to remain in the Ukrainian Flanker Solo Display Team as a coach/advisor and travelled with the team during the 2019 display season. He came out of retirement to defend Ukraine from the Russian invasion.