‘Ghost of Kyiv’ Major Stepan Tarabalka killed in battle after shooting down 40 Russian aircraft
Ukrainian pilot 'Ghost of Kyiv', who shot down as many as 40 Russian aircraft was killed in a battle last month. Ukrainian Air Force pilot Major Stepan Tarabalka became a cult figure at the beginning of the war and came to be known as the 'Ghost of Kyiv'. During the war, he shot down many Russian aircraft with his MiG-29 fighter aircraft. He was killed on 13 March in a Russian anti-aircraft missile attack.