Ukrainian pensioner has shot down a Russian Su-34 jet with a rifle, sending it spiralling to the ground, a government agency has said.
Daily Mail quoting the State border Service of Ukraine reports that Valeriy Fedorovych opened fire when the enemy aircraft flew overhead in Chernhiv.
It is claimed he picked off the jet, which costs an estimated £74million, and footage circulating at the time showed it careening back down to earth, although he was not seen in the video.
Now, the State Border Service has honoured the pensioner and hailed his ‘heroism’ and awarded him a medal.
He was praised for his ‘assistance in the protection of the state border’.
He retrieved some of the debris of the ‘exploded’ jet and keeps it in his garage.
His is one of the many stories of remarkable bravery from Ukrainian civilians in the face of Putin’s barbaric invasion.
Footage shared by the agency shows Fedorovych walking with a rifle slung over his shoulder through the city mostly destroyed by Russian bombardment.