On February 3, the Russian Defense Ministry said that a Su-25 might have been downed in Syria’s Idlib province from a man-portable air-defense system. According to the ministry, the pilot ejected from the aircraft but was killed by militants on the ground.
The Syrian militants from Jabhat al-Sham, also known as the Nusra Front, are attempting to derail the peace process in Syria's de-escalation zones by squeezing the moderate opposition from there, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Wednesday.
Maj. Filippov will be posthumously conferred the Hero of Russia award, the Russian Defense Ministry Stated.
On February 3, a Russian pilot was killed during a fight with terrorists after his Su-25 bomber was shot down by Tahrir Al-Sham militants in Syria’s Idlib.
The Syrian Special Forces are conducting a military operation in the area, where the day before a Russian Su-25 was shot down by the Tahrir al-Sham terrorist group, killing its pilot.
The Russian Defense Ministry has released video of the downing of an Su-25 over Syria after the jet fighter was allegedly shot down by a handheld air-defense missile on February 3.
Terrorist group Tahrir al-Sham, linked to former terrorist Al Qaeda branch in Syria, claims responsibility for shooting down Russian combat jet SU-25 with shoulder-launched anti-aircraft Projectile.
Russian SU-25 jet fighter, flying over the Idlib de-escalation zone in Syria, was shot down allegedly by a man-portable air-defense system on February 3. The pilot managed to bail, but was killed while fighting with militants.
The Russian Ministry of Defense stated that the country's air forces conducted a high-precision group strike in the area controlled by Jabhat Fatah al-Sham militants in Idlib, from where a missile that downed Russian Su-25 aircraft was launched.