A video circulating on social media shows the unknown pilot speaking over the intercom during a flight.
According to the outlet, he denounces his country’s attack on Ukraine while calling for an immediate end to the ongoing conflict.
“The war in Ukraine is a crime,” he says. “I think sensible citizens will agree with me and will do everything to make it stop.”
Not a huge amount is known about the pilot, although Ukrainian diplomat Olexander Scherb claimed he works for Pobeda, a subsidiary of Aeroflot, the flag carrier and largest airline of Russia.
LADbible has contacted Pobeda for a comment.
The clip is also doing the rounds on YouTube, with numerous people taking to the comments section to praise the airline employee.
“Brave hero,” wrote one commenter. “The price of freedom people like this are willing to pay is a testament to the world!”
A second said: “Thank you sir for speaking out. Bravo.”
It was also shared on Twitter, with one user captioning the video: “Rare to see public opposition to the war given the consequences such a statement will have.”
In response, one person wrote: “An honorable action he did. Hope he will be safe after this.”
Another said: “Good to hear even scattered applause from the passengers too.
“I'd have expected at least a few jeers based on some of the reporting of Russian public opinion/how Russians are expected to express themselves in public right now.”
As the Vladimir Putin’s army continues its invasion of Ukraine, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy compared Russian troops to 'ISIS terrorists’ while expressing his fury over the reported kidnapping of the Melitopol mayor Ivan Federov.
In his address yesterday evening (11 March), Zelenskyy said: "Obviously, this is a sign of the weakness of the invaders.
"They did not find collaborators who would hand over the city and the power to the invaders.
"Therefore, they have switched to a new stage of terror when they are trying to physically eliminate representatives of the legitimate local Ukrainian authorities.
A group of 10 occupiers kidnapped the mayor of Melitopol, Ivan Fedorov, who refused to cooperate with them, — adviser of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Anton Herashchenko pic.twitter.com/g1KGAUY8ya— Hromadske Int. (@Hromadske) March 11, 2022
"The whole country saw that Melitopol did not surrender to the invaders, and this will not be changed by putting pressure on mayors or kidnapping mayors."
Zelenskyy goes on to say that 'this can only get worse for the invaders', adding: "The actions of Russian invaders will be equated with the actions of ISIS terrorists."
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