Retired Russian general reportedly shot down in Ukraine

Retired Russian General Kanamat Botashev was reportedly shot down flying over Ukraine on Sunday.

Botashev was allegedly killed after his SU-25 attack plane was taken down over Ukrainian airspace.

Multiple reports

“If the reports of his death are true, Botashev would be the highest-ranking pilot to be killed during the Russian invasion of Ukraine,” according to Fox News.

“The continued resistance to Russian expansion has frustrated Putin’s military — top commanders expected Ukraine to fold easily in the beginning days of the war,” it added.

His background

“Botashev was born in 1959 in Karachay-Cherkessia and graduated from the Yeysk Higher Military Aviation Institute, qualifying as a fighter-bomber pilot. He rose from lieutenant to general” Newsweek reported.

“However, he was dismissed from the military in 2013 when he was accused of crashing an Su-27 fighter near the city of Petrozavodsk, which he did not have permission to fly,” the report added.

The report comes as Russia continues its fight in the eastern part of Urkaine and western nations add support to Ukraine’s resistance.

Last week, the U.S. approved an additional $40 billion in aid to the war-torn nation as it has now passed three months since the start of Russia’s invasion.

The new report reveals how far Ukraine’s resistance has moved to help fight back and defend itself in the deadly battle for its freedom.

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