During the interrogation, the occupant confessed that he was a mercenary of a private military company.
The Ukrainian military shot down a Russian Su-25 attack aircraft near Svetlodarsk, Donetsk region. The Wagnerian pilot was taken prisoner.
This was announced on Facebook by Ukrainian journalist Yuriy Butusov.
According to him, the Russian attack aircraft is a trophy of the soldiers of the 72nd separate mechanized brigade named after the Black Cossacks. It was landed on June 18 by a shot from the Igla portable anti-aircraft missile system.
The Ukrainian defenders managed to capture the Russian pilot Andrei Fedorchukov. During interrogation, he confessed to being a mercenary for Wagner’s private military company.
For participation in the war against Ukraine, Fedorchukov received 205 thousand rubles a month. On June 18, he received an order to attack a stronghold of the Ukrainian Armed Forces. Earlier, the pilot flew to the bombing of Ukrainian cities.
The captured occupant had a navigator of the American company Garmin and a smartphone with the ProNebo program for more accurate navigation.
“Russian aviation has big problems with navigation. They don’t trust their Glonass, everyone would use the American one. I wonder how many Garmins are used by the RF Armed Forces and can the Americans track their movements? This would be valuable data,” Butusov said.
The journalist called Fedorchukov “an important prize”, because the occupier treats the “Wagnerites” in Russia in a special way.
“Fedorchuk really hopes for an exchange – he understands that he is a mercenary, and he may not be put up for exchange, and he may suffer for his crimes. There is a special account for the “Wagnerites” in Ukraine, these hands are up to the elbows in blood, they are specialists in killing civilians,” the journalist writes.
We add that the Su-25 is a single-seat armored infrasonic attack aircraft designed to provide air support in the combat zone day and night in conditions of visual visibility of the target, as well as the destruction of objects with given coordinates in the event of flying weather.