In October, Ukrainian fighter pilot Vadym Voroshylov had to bail out of his MiG-29 jet that had been hit by the Russians. Still floating to the ground by the parachute, the 27-year-old, who is bleeding from a head injury, takes a selfie. The photo of the blood-stained face (above) has now gone viral, with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy awarding Voroshylov the title of “Hero of Ukraine”.
“For his personal dedication and heroism shown in defending the state sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, as well as his selfless service to the Ukrainian people, I have awarded the title of Hero of Ukraine with the award of the ‘Order of the Golden Star’.’ to Major Vadym Voroshylov,” says the award decision signed by Zelenskyy on Dec. 5, according to the Ukrainian military.
Major Vadym Voroshylov, after knocking out two missiles and five kamikaze drones of the Russian army in one night, had to climb out of his twin-engine fighter jet, which was heavily hit by the enemy, with minor injuries. Defense reports. The 27-year-old fighter pilot is now back on the front lines to protect his homeland, they say.
Callsign found food for Kremlin propaganda
However, Voroshylov’s callsign “Karaya”, which can also be seen on his helmet, proves to be problematic. Because the nickname he chose in 2014 is reminiscent of the German fighter pilot and officer in the German Air Force, Erich Hartmann, who made 352 confirmed kills in World War II – more than anyone else.
Hartmann was known to Russian pilots as “Karaya 1” or “The Black Devil” during World War II. As Voroshylov explained in an interview with a Ukrainian Air Force camera crew, he chose the nickname “Karaya” because it was also worn by the world’s most successful fighter pilot. But he was not wary of the National Socialists. The choice of name is grist to the mill of the Kremlin’s propaganda.
Putin: Ukraine conflict is ‘denazification mission’
Because since the summer, Russian President Vladimir Putin has been calling the fight against the Nazis in Ukraine as an argument for a Russian aggressive war. Since Ukraine’s government and culture is populated by dangerous Nazis, the conflict in Ukraine represents a “denazification mission,” the Kremlin chief said.