Air Squadron commander of Ukraine’s Air Force.
On July 16, 2014 Captain “Grach” was on the mission when his Su-25 jet was attacked by Russia-backed militants from MANPADs. As the missile hit the plane, it damaged the wing, landing gear extension and a retraction system. The pilot’s resolute actions allowed to leave the dangerous area and get back to the military base for a successful emergency landing.
Captain “Grach” was awarded the Order for Courage (third-class) for his unwavering brave and distinguished service demonstrated while defending the national sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine by the Decree No. 599/2014 dated July 19, 2014 by the President of Ukraine “On decorating with Ukraine’s state awards.”