Maksym Kuzminov, a Russian Mi-8 helicopter pilot, made contact with Ukrainian intelligence and transported the machine from Russia to Ukraine. The man decided to surrender.
Maksym Kuzminov, a Russian Mi-8 helicopter pilot, made contact with Ukrainian intelligence and transported the machine from Russia to Ukraine. The man decided to surrender due to the loss of faith in the Kremlin's propaganda. In an interview with the media, he revealed the details of his cooperation with the armed forces of Ukraine and appealed to his compatriots to follow in his footsteps.
28-year-old Maksym Kuzminov served as a helicopter pilot on the Russian side. He decided to surrender in December last year because he doubted the reality presented to him by the Kremlin. The man maintains that his duties included transporting soldiers or cargo, and he did not directly participate in the bombings. Six months passed from establishing contact with Ukrainian intelligence to carrying out the special operation.
The action code-named "Synycja" finally took place on August 9. According to the Ukrainian Pravda portal, the Russian pilot took off in the Mi-8 around 4:30 p.m. from Kursk airport. He made his way to the Kharkov region at a very low altitude in radio silence. The helicopter's flight route was agreed in advance with the Ukrainian side. At the border, the machine was shot, according to Kuzimov, most likely by the Russians. As a result of the attack, the man was injured in the leg. Nevertheless, he managed to land safely.
In addition to Kuzimow, there were two crew members on board the Mi-8. During a press conference in Kyiv, the pilot reported that the men were afraid of the whole situation, started behaving aggressively, and after landing, they tried to escape towards the border.
– I do not know their further fate, but according to the media, it is possible that they were liquidated – he said.
The family of the Russian pilot was also safely brought back to Ukraine. The man starred in the documentary "Grounded Russian Pilots", which was broadcast on Ukrainian television on Sunday evening.
- If you want to do this, something like this, you won't regret it at all. They will provide you with absolutely everything for the rest of your life. You will be able to start working anywhere, whatever you want to do. You will discover a world full of colors - quotes Kuzminow's appeal from "Rzeczpospolita". The man is currently considering joining the ranks of the Ukrainian army.