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Ukraine’s ‘best pilot’ is killed in battle with Russian troops days after being honored by Zelensky

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A Ukrainian pilot has been killed in combat while fighting against Russian forces, just days after he was honored for his bravery by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Major Anton Lystopad, who was awarded the title of best pilot of the Ukrainian Air Force in 2019, died in action.

His death comes just days after Lystopad was honored by Zelensky with the prestigious award, the Order of Bravery, 3rd Class, for his “courage, bravery and professionalism.”

Lystopad, a pilot of the 204th Sevastopol Tactical Aviation Brigade, was buried Monday next to his comrade, Colonel Yury Pohorily, in the village of Chukalivka, close to the city of Ivano-Frankivsk, in western Ukraine.

More than 100 family members and Ukrainian servicemen gathered at the funeral to pay their respects, as two fighter jets flew by in honor of Lystopad and Pohorily.

It is unclear how or where in Ukraine Lystopad died, but his death was confirmed by his former school, the Physics and Technical Lyceum of the Ivano-Frankivsk Regional Council.

Captain Anton Lystopad, who was awarded the title of best pilot of the Ukrainian Air Force in 2019, died in action

His death comes just days after Lystopad was honored by Zelensky with the prestigious award, the Order of Bravery, 3rd Class, for his

His death comes just days after Lystopad was honored by Zelensky with the prestigious award, the Order of Bravery, 3rd Class, for his “courage, bravery and professionalism” (pictured)

It is unclear how or where in Ukraine Lystopad died, but his death was confirmed by his former school, the Physics and Technical Lyceum of the Ivano-Frankivsk Regional Council.

It is unclear how or where in Ukraine Lystopad died, but his death was confirmed by his former school, the Physics and Technical Lyceum of the Ivano-Frankivsk Regional Council.

The school said Lystopad had studied there from 2005 to 2008 before becoming a “top class” military pilot defending Ukraine “from the first minutes” of the Russian invasion.

Lystopad also led the Ukrainian Air Force in a parade to mark the 30th anniversary of the country’s independence last year.

Millions of Ukrainians watched with admiration and pride as an aviation column of troops paraded over Khreshchatyk on the day of the 30th anniversary of independence. The leader of this column was our Anton,’ the school said.

It added: ‘Anton’s way at the helm of the destroyer was difficult, but it was considered. The young man, however, was stubbornly pursuing his dream – becoming a pilot, flying high in the sky like a bird, and beholding the beauty of the earth from an eagle’s perspective.’

Lystopad was described by the school as one of its “most popular graduates.”

The school said Lystopad had studied there from 2005 to 2008 before becoming a

The school said Lystopad had studied there from 2005 to 2008 before becoming a “top class” military pilot who defended Ukraine “from the first minutes” of the Russian invasion.

Lystopad was described by the school as one of the 'most popular graduates'

Lystopad was described by the school as one of the ‘most popular graduates’

His death comes as an ammunition depot in Russia-annexed Crimea exploded on Tuesday, injuring two people and disrupting rail traffic between the peninsula and the rest of southern Ukraine and Russia, the region’s top Russian-backed official said.

Footage on Russian state television showed a burning electricity station near the Crimean town of Dzhankoi and a series of repeated large explosions on the horizon that authorities said were caused by munitions detonated at a military base.

Sergei Aksyonov, Russia’s top official in Crimea, told state television he did not want to talk about the cause of the explosions, which he said is being looked into.

He said about 2,000 local people had been evacuated from the nearest village outside a 5 km (3.1 mi) perimeter.

Russia has used Crimea to bolster its forces in what it calls a “special military operation” in Ukraine with military equipment. Damage to the peninsula’s rail network reported Tuesday could disrupt that process.

An ammunition depot has exploded in Crimea just days after a series of explosions destroyed at least seven Russian warplanes at a nearby air base

An ammunition depot has exploded in Crimea just days after a series of explosions destroyed at least seven Russian warplanes at a nearby air base

Footage appeared to show a series of explosions at the ammunition depot

Footage appeared to show a series of explosions at the ammunition depot

Village residents are now being evacuated as footage appeared to show a series of explosions at the ammunition depot

Russia’s RIA news agency said seven passenger trains had been delayed and train traffic on part of the line in northern Crimea had been halted. Aksyonov said a bus service would be established to allow people to continue their journey.

The incident follows a series of explosions last week at a Russian-operated air base in Crimea, which Ukrainian officials hinted were part of some sort of special operation, but which Moscow said was an accident.

Zelensky accuses Russia of prosecuting an unprovoked imperialist war of aggression.

He has said his armed forces are determined to liberate territory occupied by Russian forces since February 24 and has spoken of taking back Crimea that Russia annexed in 2014 after a referendum that was not recognized by the West.

About 2,000 residents were evacuated from the area when footage appeared to show a series of explosions at the ammunition depot, with clouds of black smoke billowing into the sky

About 2,000 residents were evacuated from the area when footage appeared to show a series of explosions at the ammunition depot, with clouds of black smoke billowing into the sky

Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak on Tuesday published a cryptic tweet alluding to possible Ukrainian involvement in Tuesday’s explosions, but did not confirm any such role.

“(The) morning at Dzhankoi started with explosions,” Podolyak wrote.

A reminder: Crimea (as a) normal country is about Black Sea, mountains, recreation and tourism, but Russian-occupied Crimea is about warehouse explosions and high risk of death for intruders and thieves. Demilitarization in action.’

Russia lists the demilitarization of Ukraine as one of its main goals, something it believes is necessary to pre-emptively ensure its own security in light of what it has portrayed as unchecked expansion by NATO’s western military alliance. (

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