One Russian pilot vanished with his important cargo, only to be found in Ukraine with reports suggesting this was the result of a remarkable “special operation” from the Ukrainians that lured a Russian pilot to “switch sides.” The Russian’s story is very different however – Here’s what we know.
Vanished Russian Pilot
Startling news unfolded as Ukrainian intelligence sources disclosed the remarkable tale of a vanished Russian pilot and his Mi-8 helicopter, now found in Ukraine.
A Ukrainian Defense Ministry representative, Andriy Yusov, unveiled the intricate six-month special operation behind the Russian chopper’s unexpected landing on Ukrainian soil.
Reports highlighted the pilot’s story, revealing that he was enticed into Ukraine as part of the operation. Notably, the pilot’s family was safely relocated beforehand.
A Twist to the Tale
Adding a twist to the tale, the Ukrainian intelligence operation resulted in Ukraine taking hold of the cargo carried by the chopper, which turned out to be a treasure trove of crucial spare parts for Russian fighter jets.
While some sources suggest that the crew perished during the operation, others hinted at the possibility of their surrender.
The Russian capital remains silent in the face of these developments, even as Kremlin-linked Telegram channels tacitly acknowledge the missing chopper that they said disappeared “a couple weeks ago.”
An Unclear Series of Events
Details emerged from sources on Telegram that recounted a scenario where the crew died in Ukraine, “Having understood where they landed, they tried to take off, but they were gunned down in the helicopter on the ground,” the channel claimed.
Concerns loom over the pilot’s well-being, and there are whispers of intense pressure from the Ukrainian military and the uncertainty of his current situation, with the channel claiming that he is being “brutally worked over” by the Ukrainian army.
Did He Switch Sides?
Pro-Kremlin figures are cautioning against making false statements, “And I ask all normal people, until the opposite is proven, don’t spread any other versions, because there cannot be any other versions.”
Telegram channels also warned of a “false” claim that the pilot had switched over to the Ukrainian side, arguing that the pilot is being “tortured” into saying that he did.
“Waiting for You at Home.”
There are also calls for a potential prisoner exchange across pro-Kremlin Telegram channels, urging the Kremlin to ensure the pilot’s safe return.
A prominent Telegram channel sent a heartfelt message, expressing their belief in the crew’s survival and their eventual homecoming.
The Telegram message said, “Guys, we believe that you are alive, we’re waiting for you at home.”
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Source: Daily Beast