Frightened or just real? You decide, but have in mind that his life was in danger!
A Ukrainian pilot on Thursday morning decided to dip out to Romania instead of fighting a losing battle against Russian military forces.
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Reports that a Ukrainian Su-24 fighter fled to Romania were initially stated by Russian media.
However, it was later confirmed the Romanian Air Force grounded the fleeing pilot.
Update: The story about the Ukrainian fighter fleeing to Romania has been confirmed.
I can’t judge the pilot for trying to save himself, but it makes for very effective Russian propaganda.
— Clint Ehrlich (@ClintEhrlich) February 24, 2022
Avion militar ucrainean, interceptat și aterizat la Bacău
2 aeronave F-16 Fighting Falcon ale Forțelor Aeriene Române au decolat în jurul orei 6.15, pentru clarificarea unei situații aeriene referitoare la un zbor neautorizat în partea de nord a României.https://t.co/ICdS1wARQC pic.twitter.com/eKgTsFChtr
— MApN (@MApNRomania) February 24, 2022
Translation: “”Ukrainian military plane, intercepted and landed in Bacau. 2 F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft of the Romanian Air Force took off around 6.15 am, to clarify an air situation regarding an unauthorized flight in the northern part of Romania.”
“On Thursday, February 24, two F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft of the Romanian Air Force in the NATO Air Command combat service took off around 6.15 am, to clarify an air situation regarding an unauthorized flight in the northern part of Romania, approaching the national airspace,” was reported in an official report, released by the Romanian Ministry of National Defense.
“The two Romanian military aircraft strictly applied the national procedures and international rules applicable in such situations, proceeding to the interception and visual identification of the aircraft that had entered the Romanian airspace.
The aircraft, a Sukhoi 27 belonging to the Ukrainian Air Force, was escorted for immediate landing at Bacau Air Base 95, which ended at 07.05.
fter landing, the Ukrainian military pilot made himself available to the Romanian authorities, and the legal measures required in these situations will be taken.
We will return with details on this topic as they become available.
Regarding the security situation in Ukraine, the Romanian Army has activated the military command points with responsibilities in monitoring the situation and coordinating the forces and means for concrete situations that may arise.
The leadership of the Ministry of National Defense has taken all the necessary response measures, both those directly incumbent on the institution and those in support of the other components of the national security system, according to the interinstitutional cooperation plans, drawn up in advance.”