Plot to kill Russian pilots with poisoned whiskey and cake fails at last minute
Around 70 members of the Russian flying school had a very lucky escape
A Ukrainian bid to wipe out dozens of Russian pilots with cake and whiskey laced with poison was thwarted at the last minute, it is claimed.
Boxes of Jameson Irish Whiskey and a giant cake – both laced with a deadly ingredient – were reportedly delivered to a celebration at a top military flying academy.
Pilots, including those involved in frontline conflict, were marking the 20th anniversary of their graduation from Armavir Higher Military Aviation School.
In all, 77 guests were at the event and the Flightbomber Telegram channel reported ‘everyone is alive’.
It said that while the 20 kilogram cake was cut, it was reportedly not eaten.
The guests at the restaurant celebration included pilots from the Class of 2003 – many now highly decorated and holding senior ranks.
The pilots sought to find out the identity of the alleged assassin, and academy staff found CCTV footage of the delivery man.
He was swiftly tracked by Russia’s elaborate facial recognition databases as being from Melitopol in occupied Ukraine, according to the pro-war channel with 400,000 subscribers, which is run by a former military ace pilot and has close links to the air force.
He was also said to have rushed from the academy to Stavropol airport, in a bid to flee Russia.
The man – identified as 32-year-old E. Semenov – was detained and confessed to the poisoning bid, according to the channel which blamed Ukrainian military intelligence for the bid to wipe out dozens of Russian pilots.
A picture of the detained man was published by Baza media outlet.
The outlet said: ‘He immediately told everything – about the cake with a potent poison, which bottles were poisoned right away, and which ones he bought to top the present up.
‘He explained how he knew the number of guests, and where the celebration would take place.
‘Even the aviation school emblem, drawn on top of the cake, was the current emblem.’
Reports did not say which poison was allegedly used. The man is suspected of ordering the cake from a local confectioner in Armavir, in Krasnodar region.
‘By pure chance and thanks to the conscientiousness of the officers, who put the anonymous cake and the booze aside, no-one had time to eat the cake or taste the booze,’ said the channel.
‘It would have been a disaster. 77 guests.
‘But everybody is alive. GUR [Ukrainian military intelligence] failed, and it’s good.’
Russian secret services are now ‘looking for confectioners and others involved in the failed sabotage’.
A number of pilots from the academy hold the Kremlin’s highest honour – Hero of Russia.
There has been no official comment from Russian law enforcement on the alleged poisoning.
Flightbomber later warned pilots of the risk of assassination by Ukraine and said: ‘Remember that there is a war going on,’ cautioned the channel.
‘A graduate of an aviation school like yourself is…a good target.
‘And also Ukrainians make media victories from these kinds of deaths…. ‘Keep in mind that you cannot only be poisoned. ‘There are also a thousand other ways to kill.
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