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On May 22, the Ukrainian General Staff announced the shooting down of a Russian Su-25 fighter jet whose pilot was confirmed to be former retired Russian Major General Kanamat Botashev, currently the highest-ranking pilot on the list of fallen Russian soldiers.

On Sunday, Botashev was hit by a Stinger missile when flying over Popasnaya, Luhansk region in Ukraine, dead in the crashed aircraft. Kanamat Botashev, 63, was an elite Russian pilot who prematurely retired ten years ago after parachuting from a crashing plane during an aerobatic flight.

The Russian side has yet to comment on Botashev’s reported death.

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