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Major General Kanamat Botashev, 63, was enjoying retirement when Russian tanks rolled across the border on February 24 and had not flown since 2012.

His Su-25 fighter jet was hit by a Stinger missile at around 8:25am on Sunday morning in the Donbas skies, and he was unable to eject


Russia loses its highest-ranking pilot yet in Ukraine as former Air Force Major, 63, comes out of retirement… and is blasted out of the skies

Maj. General Kanamat Botashev, 63, is the tenth Russian general confirmed dead

He is the highest-ranking Russian pilot to have been killed in the conflict so far

His Su-25 fighter jet was shot down by a Stinger missile over Luhansk yesterday

Land Forces of Ukraine say more than 204 Russian planes have been destroyed

Russia has lost 10 of its generals and more than 40 colonels in bloody fighting

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