According to representatives of the Chernigov settlement, Roman Filippov, the murdered pilot, served in Primorsky Krai, which is located in the Far East region, and had a family there. The issue of a memorial service will probably be dealt with on February 6. For now, the Russian Reconciliation Center for Syria is working on returning the pilot’s body home along with Turkey, which is in charge of the Idlib de-escalation zone.
“The news was especially devastating for residents of our Krai. Roman Filippov was a military officer, whose service and life were tightly linked to Vladivostok and Primorye. He was one of the aces of Russian attack aviation, an honorable and fearless man. He carried out his military duty faithfully, both in Russia and beyond,” said Andrey Tarasenko, acting governor of Primorsky Krai.
The Defense Ministry confirmed that more than 30 militants of Jabhat Fatah al-Sham had been killed as a result of the Russian forces’ high precision strike in the area from where the MANPAD projectile had been launched.