The legendary ‘Ghost of Kyiv’ fighter pilot, who handily murked more than FORTY Russian aircraft died in battle last month. Ukrainian sources have claimed that recently identified Major Stepan Tarabalka, 29, a father of one, was flying a MiG-29 when it was shot down on March 13 battling ‘overwhelming’ enemy forces.
‘Hero of Ukraine’
Major Tarabalka has been posthumously given Ukraine’s top medal for bravery in combat, The Order of the Golden Star. ‘The Ghost’ has also been given the title ‘Hero of Ukraine.’
Stepan grew up in a working class family in the village of Korolivka in the western region of Ukraine. He was a student at Kharkiv National University of the Air Force. He heartbreakingly leaves behind his wife Olenia and his 8-year old son Yarik.
Rest well, Sir. May your selfless, heroic bravery go down in history for your service to your country.