This is the moment a Russian airline pilot announces over the loudspeaker that the war in Ukraine is ‘a crime’ to a plane full of passengers on a flight to Turkey.
The pilot, who has not yet been named, was flying for airline Pobeda, a subsidiary of Russian airline Aeroflot which recently suspended all its flights to the EU and the UK after the European bloc placed a blanket ban on Russian-owned aircraft entering its airspace.
After making his landing in Antalya, Turkey, the captain left the cockpit and made his way into the passenger cabin, where he assumed control of the loudspeaker and gave a very clear message.
‘Dear customers, this is your captain speaking. Just speaking on behalf of myself and not as a representative of the airline – I think the war in Ukraine is a crime.
‘We should not continue this war, we must stop it immediately.
‘Don’t support this bloodshed. Thank you for your attention.’
The clip has gone viral on social media, where it has been reposted by several journalists, war correspondents and government officials in Ukraine.
The pilot first thanked passengers for flying with Pobeda airlines, and welcomed them to Antalya.
But his anti-war message, given first in Russian and then in English, was well received.
Passengers can be heard clapping in the background as the pilot appealed for an end to the war in Ukraine.
Russian commercial pilot gives his personal view of the Ukraine debacle… pic.twitter.com/Do7mqolKJM
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