30,000 Russians pay respect to slain Su25 Pilot
Thursday, 08 February 2018

Over 30,000 people on Thursday attended the funeral for Maj. Roman Filipov, the pilot of the Russian Su-25 jet that was recently downed in Syria, in his home city of Voronezh, according to the Interior Ministry for the Voronezh Region.

"Over 30,000 people attended the event, including the leadership of the Defense Ministry, representatives of the law enforcement bodies, clergy, relatives, schoolmates," the Interior Ministry's statement read.

Alexander Gusev, the acting head of the Voronezh Region, and Viktor Bondarev, the chairman of the Russian upper house's Defense and Security Committee, delivered the eulogy at the funeral, the statement added.

On February 3, the Russian Defense Ministry announced that the Russian Su-25 piloted by Filipov was downed by a man-portable air defense system operated by militants during an overflight of Syria's Idlib de-escalation zone. The pilot ejected from the plane, landed in an area controlled by Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist group (banned in Russia) and fought against the terrorists until his death.

Filipov was awarded the "Hero of Russia" medal, which is the highest ranking medal a Russian citizen or foreigner can obtain for services to the Russian Federation.



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