Colonel Igor Bedzay, deputy head of the aircraft division of the Ukrainian Navy, has been killed in action, the Back and Alive Foundation announced on May 9. Bedzay was the former commander of 10th Navy aircraft brigade, based in Novofedorivka, Crimea, and he was responsible for the relocation of Ukrainian aircraft during the seizure of Crimea in 2014.
“In 2014, colonel Bezday was among those few who had the leadership skills and boldness – while all the other officers were waiting for orders from Kyiv,” said Taras Chmut, head of the Foundation.
"He organized personnel, prepared the equipment and organized the logistical operation to relocate Ukrainian aircraft [from Crimea] to the mainland. The next day, he did the same with aircraft that hadn’t prepared to depart on the first day. In fact, the leadership skills of Igor Bezday allowed us to preserve Navy aircraft.”
According to him, Bedzay died while “conducting a military operation with the Mi-14 marine helicopter which was hit by a Russian fighter jet.”