Pokrasa was called upon by the civil defence forces to help because he was one of the few local residents who knew how to operate a drone and could determine the GPS coordinates of the convoy.
“He was the only one who was experienced with drones in that region,” said Yurii Kasjanov, the commander of the armed forces’ unmanned reconnaissance section. “He’s a real hero, a hero of Ukraine.”
“They provided us information where approximately the Russian column could be,” Pokrasa told Global News. “Our goal was to find the exact coordinates and provide the coordinates to the soldiers.”
“It was one of the biggest columns that was moving on the Zhytomyr road and we managed to find it because one of the trucks turned on its lights for a long time.”