The fallen pilot was buried with thefull military honors: a guard of honor and a military band. Thecoffin was carried through the village and buried in the localcemetery.
Theon-board mechanic was one of the five pilots killed underSloviansk. The missile, launched with the newest Russian portableair defense missile system "Verba", shot down the AN-30 militaryplane. Three of the eight members of the crew managed toparachute.
The government promises to pay 600thousand UAH to each family of the fallen pilots as well as 70% ofthe pilots' salary will be payed each month.
OleksiiPotapenko was 36 years old. A 12-year-old boy was leftfatherless.