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Russia: Highest honour presented for pilot killed in Syria

Russian Federation, Lipetsk
December 1, 2015 at 17:20 GMT +00:00 · Published

Lieutenant Colonel Oleg Peshkov, who lost his life in Syria after being downed by the Turkish Air Force, was been given the Gold Star, marking him a 'Hero of the Russian Federation,' at a ceremony organised in Russia's city of Lipetsk, Tuesday.

The Commander of Russia's Air Forces, Viktor Bondarev, handed over the highest honour to Peshkov's widow. Lieutenant Colonel Oleg Peshkov's coffin was returned at the request of his family to his home city of Lipetsk to be laid to rest there on Wednesday.

Peshkov's body returned to his homeland six days after a Russian Sukhoi Su-24 jet was downed by a Turkish F-16 fighter jet for allegedly entering Turkish airspace.

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Lieutenant Colonel Oleg Peshkov, who lost his life in Syria after being downed by the Turkish Air Force, was been given the Gold Star, marking him a 'Hero of the Russian Federation,' at a ceremony organised in Russia's city of Lipetsk, Tuesday.

The Commander of Russia's Air Forces, Viktor Bondarev, handed over the highest honour to Peshkov's widow. Lieutenant Colonel Oleg Peshkov's coffin was returned at the request of his family to his home city of Lipetsk to be laid to rest there on Wednesday.

Peshkov's body returned to his homeland six days after a Russian Sukhoi Su-24 jet was downed by a Turkish F-16 fighter jet for allegedly entering Turkish airspace.

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