Deputy Commander of the Navy for Aviation, Colonel Igor Bedzai, died in the sky over the Odessa region in May while supporting the special operation of the first assault on Zmeiny Island. This is written by «Ukrainska Pravda«, in the material of which the capture and return of Serpent Island under the control of Ukraine is reconstructed.
The helicopter of 49-year-old Colonel Bedzai was shot down by the enemy in the sky over the Odessa region. His aircraft served as a safety net. Sources of the publication said that the losses of Ukraine during that operation amounted to about 10 people and one boat.
Meanwhile, all the helicopters that then stormed the island returned to their bases.
Igor Bedzay earlier He was commander of the 10th Saki Naval Aviation Brigade of the Navy. After the annexation of Crimea in 2014, the 10th Naval Aviation Brigade under the leadership of Bedzai became the only unit of the Armed Forces that managed to withdraw its military equipment from the peninsula.
Bedzai posthumously received the title of Hero of Ukraine with the Order of the «Gold Star& #187; for personal courage and heroism shown in the defense of state sovereignty and territorial integrity, selfless service to the Ukrainian people.