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(33,345 posts)
Mon Feb 19, 2024, 05:01 PM Feb 19

Russian Helicopter Pilot Who Defected to Ukraine With Mi-8 found shot dead in Spain.

Putin's reach is long.

Andriy Yusov, spokesperson for the Main Intelligence Directorate of Ukraine (HUR), confirmed to Kyiv Post the death of Russian pilot Kuzminov, who seized control of a Russian armored combat Mi-8 helicopter and brought it safely to an airbase in the Kharkiv region back in August of 2023.

"We can confirm the fact of death," Yusov told Kyiv Post, providing no additional details.

According to Russian media, Maksim Kuzminov was shot dead, with at least five bullets in his body. He was found in an underground parking lot in the municipality of Villajoyosa, in the province of Alicante, Spain.


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(16,208 posts)
9. My reaction too.
Mon Feb 19, 2024, 08:53 PM
Feb 19

I wouldn’t think Spain would be the most secure place for sure. But letting Putin make an example of people who flee — to Britain, to Washington, to Spain — gives him strength he doesn’t deserve to have.



(17,757 posts)
3. He had to know when he stole the plane that that was the most likely way he would end up.
Mon Feb 19, 2024, 05:43 PM
Feb 19

Dictators have long arms and unlimited budgets.

Liberal In Texas

(13,634 posts)
7. No. Not an airplane or plane, a helicopter and they're rotors not propellers.
Mon Feb 19, 2024, 06:54 PM
Feb 19

1a: to fly while keeping the wings motionless
b: to skim across the surface of the water
2: to travel by airplane

A helicopters airfoils are rotors and when they rotate they create lift.

Drives me crazy when people call helicopters planes.

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