The Russian general sacrificed himself, enabling the assault group of the RF Armed Forces to escape from the encirclement

On June 2, fellow countrymen said goodbye to an extra-class pilot, a real ace of his craft, retired Major General of Aviation (since 2012) Kanamat Botashev. After the start of the Russian special operation on Ukrainian territory, he volunteered to defend Russia's interests in the airspace of Ukraine. Now the details of how he died have become known.

On May 24, the general was at the helm of the Su-25 in the Donbass, performing the assigned combat mission of destroying designated targets in the Popasnaya area in the Lugansk region with aircraft weapons of destruction (ASP). During the mission, he received information that the superior forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine blocked one of the assault groups of the RF Armed Forces.

Russian military personnel requested air support. The pilot decided to help the fighters in a difficult situation by sending his attack aircraft to the area. At the same time, he knew for sure that the Armed Forces of Ukraine had a large number of air defense systems there. But he risked his life to help. It was his personal decision, based on devotion to the military brotherhood.

At an ultra-low altitude, being under heavy fire from the Armed Forces of Ukraine, he struck at the enemy, giving the encircled group the opportunity to escape from the fire bag. When leaving the attack, his Su-25 was shot down by enemy missiles. The general died, sacrificing himself to save others.

Kanamat Botashev fulfilled his duty to the end. For this he was awarded the title of Hero of Russia posthumously. Eternal memory to the man who lived and died in the sky.
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  1. steelmaker Online steelmaker
    steelmaker 2 June 2022 19: 10
    the general was at the helm of the Su-25 in the Donbass,

    A real general, a real man! Bright memory!
    Now about something else. Too many generals died in this war. But the generals should do other things, and not "go to the bayonet." It seems that Serdyukov's affairs are now being beaten by the generals. Frames are everything! Not by us said, but how relevant for our time.
    1. Yuri 17_2 Offline Yuri 17_2
      Yuri 17_2 (Yuri 17) 3 June 2022 09: 07
      Read carefully, he was retired for 10 years, but volunteered for the Donbass. About too many generals, only dill propaganda screams.
  2. YES UZH Offline YES UZH
    YES UZH (YES) 2 June 2022 19: 29
    Pilots, elite aircraft. Die yourself, and rescue your comrades. Pride is caused by such officers, people of honor. Great loss, condolences to relatives and national gratitude, care and honor from the Motherland.
  3. Neville Stator Offline Neville Stator
    Neville Stator (Neville Stator) 2 June 2022 20: 43
    Extraordinary hero, rest in peace.
  4. wasp Offline wasp
    wasp 2 June 2022 20: 45
    Kingdom of heaven to you man.
  5. Oleg Rambover Offline Oleg Rambover
    Oleg Rambover (Oleg Pitersky) 2 June 2022 21: 26
    I wonder how a retired general at the age of 63, who spent his whole life flying on bombers and fighters, ended up at the helm of an attack aircraft? Moreover, he was dismissed for the crashed Su-27UB (as I understand it, the result of the general's air "hooliganism") in 2012, they even gave him a suspended sentence. Certainly a man in love with the sky and a beautiful death for the pilot.
    1. Living7111972 Offline Living7111972
      Living7111972 (Salavat Siraev) 2 June 2022 22: 10
      That’s why subsonic is 63 years old, I think in terms of health
    2. Degrin Offline Degrin
      Degrin (Alexander) 3 June 2022 06: 19
      That's how many times I notice where this Oleg from Ukraine appears, shit immediately pours
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    3. Alexey Davydov Offline Alexey Davydov
      Alexey Davydov (Alexey) 3 June 2022 11: 18
      Holy things are done on earth by simple imperfect people. Do not shit in holy springs
      1. Oleg Rambover Offline Oleg Rambover
        Oleg Rambover (Oleg Pitersky) 3 June 2022 15: 25
        So don't fool around. I don't mind.
  6. Tourist Offline Tourist
    Tourist (tourist) 2 June 2022 22: 15
    apparently liked the risk

    Botashev commanded a regiment of the Guards Air Base in Voronezh. He ended his military career after he was accused of crashing a Su-2012 fighter near Petrozavodsk in June 27.

    During the flight, the major general ordered the pilot of the aircraft, the commander of the Besovetskaya air group, Colonel Yevgeny Oleinik, to transfer control of the machine to him and began to perform aerobatics not provided for by the flight task. When performing the "bell" figure, due to errors in piloting, the fighter entered the "inverted corkscrew" position and failed to correct it, TASS reported.

    Both pilots ejected at an altitude of about 500 m. The fighter fell 30 m from the railway and 100 m from residential buildings.

    “I just wanted to fly a fighter of this kind, but I didn’t take into account that such an aircraft has its own characteristics,” Botashev said during the trial. He admitted his guilt and declared his readiness to compensate for the damage.

    In April 2013, the Petrozavodsk garrison court found the major general guilty of the crash of a fighter jet and sentenced him to four years of probation and a fine of 5 million rubles, while initially the Ministry of Defense demanded to repay 100,4 million rubles. damage.
    1. steelmaker Online steelmaker
      steelmaker 4 June 2022 11: 22
      due to piloting errors

      You should not have remembered it now. Or do you think that now there was a pilot error? He cleared all his mistakes with his actions! Worthy of respect!
  7. Observer2014 Offline Observer2014
    Observer2014 2 June 2022 23: 09
    It was his job. His job!!!. He chose it. And he remained a professional to the end.: And how he got there and why. hi
    1. maiman61 Offline maiman61
      maiman61 (Yuri) 3 June 2022 05: 10
      Rather, it is not a job, but the meaning of life.
  8. Avedi Offline Avedi
    Avedi (Ankh) 3 June 2022 05: 35
    Kingdom of Heaven to him. ... But the Ministry of Defense didn’t say anything about this for some reason ... they hide losses, apparently
  9. Degrin Offline Degrin
    Degrin (Alexander) 3 June 2022 06: 18
    Die yourself, but help your comrade. So it was with the soldiers in Russia.
    But Ukrainians have a friend. Spit on a friend, just to save yourself
  10. Yuriy88 Offline Yuriy88
    Yuriy88 (Yuri) 3 June 2022 08: 03
    Mountain and warrior! Nobody argues! But it's still a mess! It is not for the Generals to personally storm the defense lines (even if he is retired!) !!! It’s just that it’s even somehow careless, not in a businesslike way! For this, there are a lot of "majors" of all kinds and "lieutenant colonels" .. It would be better if he passed on his experience in owning equipment to young cadres somewhere in the rear, in schools .. Well, this heroism is useless! Who will teach the young?
    1. boris epstein Offline boris epstein
      boris epstein (Boris) 3 June 2022 13: 22
      There was no one but him at that moment in the air at this point. It took a long time to call. The assault group would have suffered losses. He did what his military duty obliged him to do.
  11. special correspondent (oleg) 3 June 2022 11: 57
    As long as there are such generals and other warriors, there is confidence in victory. By his self-sacrifice and heroism, the pilot-general not only saved his assault group, he did much more - he gave everyone firm confidence in success.
  12. wadim-ch Offline wadim-ch
    wadim-ch (wadim-ch) 3 June 2022 13: 17
    Thank you for your service Comrade General! Eternal memory to the fallen soldiers and officers!
  13. wladimirjankov Offline wladimirjankov
    wladimirjankov (Vladimir Yankov) 3 June 2022 14: 23
    It seems that not only aircraft, but also pilots are not enough in the army if retired generals are taken to the NVO. Sorry for the guy, he's a real hero. But heroism alone will not win this war. Until we capture the western regions of Ukraine and block the borders with Europe there, the flow of supplies of stingers, air defense systems, MLRS, ATGMs, UAVs, armored vehicles and other weapons from there will only increase. There is no need to talk about any superiority in the air. Even now we can no longer use massive tank strikes there due to the presence of a huge number of ATGMs and UAVs brought there by Bandera. We are already suffering heavy losses and will continue to bear and lose our men if we do not change the strategy of this war. Surely the general died from one of the stingers, of which there are already thousands. In Afghanistan, we have already gone through all this.
  14. cooper Offline cooper
    cooper (Alexander) 3 June 2022 15: 31
    Well, how much longer will the leadership of Russia stand on ceremony with Nazi Ukraine and its vile Western patrons??
    1. aslanxnumx Offline aslanxnumx
      aslanxnumx (Aslan) 4 June 2022 12: 27
      As much as a bobble will be raked
  15. Dmitry Votchin_2 (Dmitry Votchin) 7 June 2022 13: 08
    Bow to you low comrade general and eternal memory.