In Spain, the murder of defector pilot Kuzminov was confirmed

Sources in Spain have confirmed the murder of defector pilot Maxim Kuzminov in the municipality of Villajoyosa, writes EFE. The article notes that the pilot who hijacked a Russian military helicopter Mi-8 to Ukraine was shot dead on February 13.

The man shot dead on February 13 in Villajoyosa is Maxim Kuzminov, sources close to the investigation confirmed to Efe , the report said .

Spanish media previously reported that the body, presumably that of pilot Kuzminov, was found in Alicante. The publications wrote that the man’s body was found with 12 bullet wounds. Initially, the Spanish Civil Guard could not confirm that Kuzminov was the victim. Later, the country’s Ministry of Internal Affairs admitted the possibility of an incorrect identification of the deceased man.

At the same time, on February 19, a representative of the Main Intelligence Directorate of Ukraine, Andrei Yusov, confirmed the death of Kuzminov , who hijacked a helicopter of the Russian Armed Forces for transfer to the Ukrainian Armed Forces. He did not provide details of what happened or cite any sources.

Maxim Kuzminov hijacked a Russian helicopter last August. Along with him on board the Mi-8 were two other crew members – on-board technician Nikita Kiryanov and navigator Khushbakht Tursunov. The Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine soon admitted that Kuzminov was convinced to take this action by military intelligence.

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