25-year-old defender caused irreparable damage to the invaders: the story of Hero of Ukraine Serhiy Parkhomenko
A pilot from Kharkov destroyed hundreds of Russian soldiers and dozens of their tanks
Posthumously, the title of Hero of Ukraine was awarded to the captain of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Sergei Igorevich Parkhomenko, who died during the Russian invasion of our country . The Hero of Ukraine was only 25 years old.
What is known about the Hero?
Sergey was born on January 14, 1997 in Kharkov, in a family of military aviators, which were both his father and grandfather. Since childhood, he dreamed of the sky and wanted to connect his life with aviation. When his father, Igor Parkhomenko, during the war in eastern Ukraine in 2014, performed combat missions in the air, Sergey entered the flight department of Ivan Kozhedub KhNUVS.
Sergey successfully graduated from the university in 2019, having received the qualification of a 3rd class pilot. Sergei expressed a desire to serve in the tactical aviation brigade named after Lieutenant General Vasily Nikiforov and fly Su-25 aircraft.
Despite his young age, at the time of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Sergei served as an aviation commander.
Parkhomenko made 38 sorties in difficult conditions of countering enemy air defense systems and fighter aircraft. He was able to masterfully destroy more than 20 enemy tanks, more than 50 armored fighting vehicles, 55 vehicles, 20 fuel tanks, as well as hundreds of Russian soldiers and a number of officers.
Repeatedly skillfully removed aircraft from enemy missile attacks.
For courage and patriotism shown in defending the Motherland from Russian aggression, by Decree of the President of Ukraine No. 292/2022 of May 2, 2022, he was awarded the Order of Bohdan Khmelnitsky III degree.
On May 14, while performing a combat mission in the Zaporozhye region near the city of Huliaipole, Captain Sergei Parkhomenko died heroically, remaining a devoted and unshakable defender of the Ukrainian people to the last.
Together with his brothers, he developed new approaches in the tactics of using aviation in modern war conditions, he was the soul of an aviation unit, the commander-leader leading his unit into battle, the brothers recall.
The Hero left behind a wife and a son born in March. At the farewell ceremony in Vinnitsa, on behalf of the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the parents of the deceased Hero were presented with a commemorative letter of respect and grief.