The fallen pilot was buried with the full military honors: a guard of honor and a military band. The coffin was carried through the village and buried in the local cemetery.
The on-board mechanic was one of the five pilots killed under Sloviansk. The missile, launched with the newest Russian portable air defense missile system "Verba", shot down the AN-30 military plane. Three of the eight members of the crew managed to parachute.
The government promises to pay 600 thousand UAH to each family of the fallen pilots as well as 70% of the pilots' salary will be payed each month.
Oleksii Potapenko was 36 years old. A 12-year-old boy was left fatherless.