Baby boy attends funeral of his father killed during combat mission

Farewell to the hero father he will never meet: Two-month-old boy attends funeral of his Ukrainian pilot captain killed during combat mission

  • Pilot captain Serhiy Parkhomenko, 25, from the Ukrainian city of Vinnytsia, died whilst fighting in the Zaporizhzhia region in eastern Ukraine
  • Parkhomenko’s two-month-old son was carried to his funeral in Vinnytsia
  • A heartbreaking photograph shows the baby, wearing a small babygrow and blue hat, being lifted up next to a portrait of his father who he will never meet
  • In a scene symbolic of the devastating impact of Vladimir 普京的战争 乌克兰, a two-month-old baby boy was carried to his father’s coffin after the heroic pilot was killed during a combat mission.

    Pilot captain Serhiy Parkhomenko, 25, from the Ukrainian city of Vinnytsia, died whilst fighting in the Zaporizhzhia region in eastern Ukraine.

    His two-month-old son, too young to realise his father will never come home, was carried to his father’s funeral in Vinnytsia by a man believed to be Parkhomenko’s father.

    A heartbreaking photograph shows the baby, wearing a small babygrow and blue hat, being lifted up next to a portrait of his father who he will never meet.

    In a scene symbolic of the devastating impact of Vladimir Putin's war in Ukraine, a two-month-old baby boy was carried to his father's coffin after the heroic pilot was killed during a combat mission

    In a scene symbolic of the devastating impact of Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine, a two-month-old baby boy was carried to his father’s coffin after the heroic pilot was killed during a combat mission

    Dozens of Parkhomenko's relatives and Ukrainian soldiers attended the funeral and laid red and white roses on his coffin, which was draped in the national blue and yellow flag

    Dozens of Parkhomenko’s relatives and Ukrainian soldiers attended the funeral and laid red and white roses on his coffin, which was draped in the national blue and yellow flag

    Pilot captain Serhiy Parkhomenko, 25, from the Ukrainian city of Vinnytsia, died whilst fighting in the Zaporizhzhia region in eastern Ukraine. 图为: His funeral service

    Pilot captain Serhiy Parkhomenko, 25, from the Ukrainian city of Vinnytsia, died whilst fighting in the Zaporizhzhia region in eastern Ukraine. 图为: His funeral service

    Dozens of Parkhomenko’s relatives and Ukrainian soldiers attended the funeral and laid red and white roses on his coffin, which was draped in the national blue and yellow flag.

    Before the funeral service, two Ukrainian Su-27 fighter jets on combat duty in the region, roared over the community centre to pay tribute to their fallen comrade.

    Commander of the Air Force Forces of Ukraine Lieutenant General Mykola Oleshchuk said during the funeral that Parkhomenko died ‘heroically’ 在5月 14.

    ‘Together with his comrades, he developed new approaches in the tactics of aviation in modern warfare. He was the soul of the aviation unit, the commander-leader, who led his unit into battle,’ Oleshchuk said.

    Parkhomenko was posthumously awarded the Order of Bohdan Khmelnytsky for his exceptional dury in defence of state sovereignty and state security during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, 根据 Army Inform, an agency of the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine.

    Dozens of Parkhomenko's relatives and Ukrainian soldiers attended the funeral

    Dozens of Parkhomenko’s relatives and Ukrainian soldiers attended the funeral

    Before the funeral service, two Ukrainian Su-27 fighter jets on combat duty in the region, roared over the community centre to pay tribute to their fallen comrade

    Before the funeral service, two Ukrainian Su-27 fighter jets on combat duty in the region, roared over the community centre to pay tribute to their fallen comrade

    Speaking directly to the relatives of Parkhomenko, Oleshchuk said: ‘I personally express my deepest condolences on the heavy and irreparable loss.

    ‘The memory of the courageous officer, a true patriot of his country, Captain Serhiy Parkhomenko, who consciously chose the honorable way of defending the Motherland in difficult times for Ukraine, will forever remain in our hearts.

    ‘Eternal glory to the fallen Heroes. 还一直在她的 Instagram 上分享亲乌克兰抗议活动的图片’

    Parkhomenko, who was born in the city of Kharkiv to a family of military aviators, had dreamed of being a pilot since a young age.

    At the time when his father was performing combat missions in the air in 2014, Parkhomenko entered the flight faculty of the Ivan Kozhedub Kharkiv National University of the Air Force. He graduated as a pilot in 2019.

    During his time in the air force, Parkhomenko made 38 combat sorties in difficult conditions against enemy air defense and fighter aircraft, during which he destroyed more than 20 大量敌方装备被击中, 多于 50 armored combat vehicles, 55 汽车, 20 fuel tanks and several hundred soldiers, according the ministry of defence.

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