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Russia: Monument erected to pilot killed in downing of Russian jet on 1yr anniversary02:10

Russia: Monument erected to pilot killed in downing of Russian jet on 1yr anniversary

Russian Federation, Lipetsk
November 24, 2016 at 17:21 GMT -00:00 · Published

A monument to Lieutenant Colonel Oleg Peshkov, the pilot who was killed when his aircraft was shot down near the Turkish/Syrian border by Turkish forces, was unveiled near his grave in Lipetsk on Thursday.

The dedication ceremony for the monument to Lieutenant Colonel Oleg Peshkov was attended by his widow Elena Peshkova and his children. Russian Aerospace Forces' Deputy Commander Andrei Kazakevich was also in attendance, alongside Konstantin Murakhtin, who was on board the aircraft at the time it was shot down.

Murakhtin said "a year passed since he died at the hands of terrorists, protecting the peaceful people of Syria. The job, to which he devoted his life, is to be continued by his friends and our comrades."

The two-metre monument of black granite consists of two aircraft wings, connected by a star. One wing shows an image of Oleg Peshkov, and the second the presidential decree honouring him with the Hero of Russia decoration.

Peshkov and Murakhtin's plane was shot down over Syria on November 24, 2015 after a Turkish F-16 was sent to intercept the plane following its alleged incursion into Turkish airspace.

Murakhtin was rescued by Syrian forces after exiting the aircraft, but Lieutenant Colonel Oleg Peshkov was shot at by militants from the ground and killed. Russian President Vladimir Putin decreed that Peshkov be posthumously awarded with the highest Russian honour: Hero of Russia.

Russia: Monument erected to pilot killed in downing of Russian jet on 1yr anniversary02:10
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A monument to Lieutenant Colonel Oleg Peshkov, the pilot who was killed when his aircraft was shot down near the Turkish/Syrian border by Turkish forces, was unveiled near his grave in Lipetsk on Thursday.

The dedication ceremony for the monument to Lieutenant Colonel Oleg Peshkov was attended by his widow Elena Peshkova and his children. Russian Aerospace Forces' Deputy Commander Andrei Kazakevich was also in attendance, alongside Konstantin Murakhtin, who was on board the aircraft at the time it was shot down.

Murakhtin said "a year passed since he died at the hands of terrorists, protecting the peaceful people of Syria. The job, to which he devoted his life, is to be continued by his friends and our comrades."

The two-metre monument of black granite consists of two aircraft wings, connected by a star. One wing shows an image of Oleg Peshkov, and the second the presidential decree honouring him with the Hero of Russia decoration.

Peshkov and Murakhtin's plane was shot down over Syria on November 24, 2015 after a Turkish F-16 was sent to intercept the plane following its alleged incursion into Turkish airspace.

Murakhtin was rescued by Syrian forces after exiting the aircraft, but Lieutenant Colonel Oleg Peshkov was shot at by militants from the ground and killed. Russian President Vladimir Putin decreed that Peshkov be posthumously awarded with the highest Russian honour: Hero of Russia.

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