Body Of Pilot From Downed Su-25 Brought to Russia – Ministry Of Defense

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Body Of Pilot From Downed Su-25 Brought to Russia - Ministry Of Defense

Flowers in memory of Sukhoi Su-25 jet aircraft pilot Roman Filipov outside the Russian Defense Ministry. SOURCE: Artyom Geodakyan/TASS

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.

The Su-25 warplane was shot downe by a MANPAD over the village of Khan al-Sabil, within the area controlled by Jabhat Fatah al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda).

Filipov ejected from the warplane, but died fighting with terrorists. He blew himself up in order to avoid captivity.

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