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Hundred-year-old veteran of four wars passes away in Russia’s Far East

Lev Lipovich received more than 60 awards

MOSCOW, December 18. /TASS/. A Russian veteran of four wars and honorary citizen of the Far Eastern city of Khabarovsk Lev Lipovich died at the age of 100, the Khabarovsk government said in a statement on Monday.

"Khabarovsk Regional Governor Vyacheslav Shport has offered his condolences to the family and friends of the renowned Lev Borisovich Lipovich," the statement reads.

Lipovich, a veteran of four wars - the Soviet-Finnish War, the Great Patriotic War, the war in Korea and the war against militarist Japan - was born in Crimea. During World War II, he carried out 135 sorties as a navigator, delivering weapons and food to partisans fighting behind enemy lines. He received more than 60 awards, worked in the civil aviation industry for 28 years, was a navigator first class on international flights and managed to learn to fly 14 kinds of aircraft.

"Lev Lipovich celebrated his centennial anniversary in Khabarovsk, receiving congratulations from Russian President Vladimir Putin and Khabarovsk Regional Governor Vyacheslav Shport," the regional government noted.