The Russian military intelligence service has delivered to Russia the body of the pilot from a Su-25 warplane dwoned on February 3 in the Syrian province of Idlib. The operation was conducted with the help of their Turkish counterparts.
“Russian military intelligence, in cooperation with Turkish colleagues, have returned the body of attack pilot major Roman Filipov to Russia, who died as a hero on February 3 in Syria. The funeral ceremony for Major Roman Filipov with the observance of military honors at the request of the family and parents of the Russian pilot will be held on February 8 in Voronezh,” the ministry said in a statement, according to the Russian state-run news agency Sputnik.
Major Filipov was posthumously awarded the title of the Hero of Russia.
Filipov ejected from the warplane, but died fighting with terrorists. He blew himself up in order to avoid captivity.