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He shot down missiles and Shaheds: Karaya, the pilot who diverted his damaged fighter jet from a town, was awarded the Hero of Ukraine title

Vadym Voroshylov (Karaya) was awarded the Hero of Ukraine title and the Order of the Gold Star. Photo: Instagram / Karaya

Vadym Voroshylov (Karaya) was awarded the Hero of Ukraine title and the Order of the Gold Star. Photo: Instagram / Karaya

Vadym Voroshylov (Karaya) was awarded the Hero of Ukraine title and the Order of the Gold Star. Photo: Instagram / Karaya

Vadym "Karaya" Voroshylov, a fighter pilot, was awarded the Hero of Ukraine title. The decree was signed by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on December 5.

Quote"For his personal courage and heroism shown when defending the national sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine and his self-sacrificing service to the Ukrainian people, I decree to award mayor Vadym Oleksandrovych Voroshylov with the Hero of Ukraine title and the Order of the Gold Star," the document reads.

Who is Karaya, and what is he known for?

Vadym Voroshylov, nom de guerre Кaraya, a fighter pilot of the Air Forces of Ukraine born in Kremenchuk, became famous across the whole of Ukraine on October 12 this year. On that day, during one of the regular attacks of the occupation army, he shot down five Iranian drones and two cruise missiles while piloting a MiG-29. Residents of the Vinnytsia region could watch him do it live.

The pilot stated during the national telethon that his jet was damaged by a fragment of an enemy Shahed and caught fire while on the mission.

Karaya first diverted his damaged MiG-29 from a town in the Vinnytsia region and then ejected. The community near the crash site stayed almost unharmed—only a few buildings were insignificantly damaged by fragments. Karaya was injured but survived.

Кaraya, Hero of Ukraine. Photo: Vinnytsia Regional Military Administration

Кaraya, Hero of Ukraine. Photo: Vinnytsia Regional Military Administration

Quote"On the fourth day after the ejection, I visited the site of the event to apologize to the community members for the discomfort I created and thank them for their nerves of steel, the comprehensive aid they provided during my evacuation, and their trust in the Armed Forces of Ukraine!" the pilot wrote on Instagram a couple of days after the event.

Yurii Ihnat, speaker of the Air Force Command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, said that Voroshylov would get back to fighting the enemy by the New Year.

On December 6, the Day of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Karaya was awarded an honorary award "For services to Vinnytsia".

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