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US Refuses to Disclose Information on Who Fired at Su-24 Pilot From Ground

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Russia’s defense ministry claimed that the Su-24 pilot died because of an attack from the ground when he was landing, adding that during a rescue operation, the Russian marine was also killed.

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On Thursday, Zakharova said that Moscow “has all grounds to suggest that the US has obtained the exact data” about the people “who were firing from the land on the Russian pilot.”

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According to the Russian Defense Ministry, the Su-24 pilot died because he was attacked from the ground while landing. The marine was also killed in the course of a rescue operation.

The jet’s air navigator, who ejected from the crashing plane, was eventually rescued.

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