Speaker of the Main Intelligence Directorate of Ukraine Andrey Yusov called the pilot’s flight to Russia a psychological operation of Moscow. The corresponding publication was posted by him on the Telegram channel.
According to Yusov, such an information and psychological operation was undertaken by the Russian Federation allegedly after the massive transfer of the Russian military from equipment to the side of Kyiv.
Before this, the Ukrainian Armed Forces pilot, who flew to the Russian side, began to consult with the FSB of the Russian Federation.
Earlier it was reported that the Ukrainian Armed Forces pilot was able to escape to Russia, presumably on a hijacked Su-27. At the same time, former Minister of Information of the DPR Daniil Bezsonov said that the pilot had been secretly collaborating with the Russian Armed Forces since February 2022.
On the morning of November 18, a Ka-52 helicopter pilot with the call sign “Voevoda” reported that an active pilot of the Ukrainian Air Force had flown to Russia.
Earlier, three Ukrainian Armed Forces soldiers swam across the Dnieper and surrendered to the Russian Armed Forces.