According to The Times, Tarabalka was killed in March when the MiG-29 he was driving was shot down during a battle with “overwhelming” Russian forces. The ‘Spirit of Kyiv’ helmet and goggles will be auctioned in London.
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At first, the identity of the pilot was unknown. For this reason, it was assumed that such a person did not exist at all, or that his exploits were attributed to several different people.
The pilot became famous when the Ukrainian government released a video of the then-unidentified Tarabalka. The 40-second clip shows the achievements of the pilot, who was supposed to shoot down six planes during the first 24 hours of fighting against Russian forces.
Because of the achievements attributed to him, Ukrainians in social media called him a “hero” and “guardian angel”.
Tarabalka was posthumously awarded the highest state order for courage and the title of Hero of Ukraine.
Source: “The Times”
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