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Russia's Aeroflot Investigating Pilot Over Ukrainian 'Filth' Comment

Published: August 17, 2014 (Issue # 1824)



  • Aeroflot confirmed in a Tweet on Thursday that a pilot had taken the Russo-Ukrainian war of words to the skies, noting that he had violated company rules by expressing his personal opinion while on duty.
    Photo: Maxim Stulov / Vedomosti

Russian airline Aeroflot has confirmed that one of its pilot made an insulting comment about Ukraine and its residents in a message delivered to passengers when flying over that country.

The incident was reported last Saturday by Martin Kaco, a Slovak diplomat en route from Moscow to Vienna.

"We fly over remnants of Ukraine, where Banderovtsi and other filth lives," Kaco quoted the pilot as saying in a Twitter message.

Banderovtsi, which is derived from the name of controversial Ukrainian nationalist Stepan Bandera (1909-1959), is often used in Russia as a derogative umbrella term for nationalist Ukrainians.

Aeroflot confirmed in a Tweet on Thursday that the pilot had taken the Russo-Ukrainian war of words to the skies, but noted he had violated company rules by expressing his personal opinion while on duty.

The company also said an internal investigation had been launched, but abstained at this point from offering any apologies to the parties concerned.

Russia annexed Ukraine's Crimean peninsula in March, and is accused of fostering an ongoing pro-Russian insurgency in Ukrainian Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

While Russia has officially denied backing the rebels, the separatists have been glorified by the country's state-run media, which has also vilified the Ukrainian government, frequently dubbed it a quasi-fascist junta.





 


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Monday, Nov. 3


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