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Russia: Shock and disbelief at base where Russian pilot shot down in Syria served01:17

Russia: Shock and disbelief at base where Russian pilot shot down in Syria served

Russian Federation, Chernigovka
February 6, 2018 at 13:02 GMT -00:00 · Published

"We still hope that he will come walking through the door, smile and say 'hello'. But it's clear that is not going to happen," Tatiana, a shopkeeper from the military village of Chernigovka, where the Russian pilot of the downed Su-25 Roman Filipov served, said in an interview on Tuesday.

"To be honest, it's a shock for us. When we heard about it, nobody believed that it happened," said the shopkeeper.

According to the Russian Ministry of Defence, Filipov's jet was "attacked with a short-range man-portable air defence system (MANPADS/MPADS) while flying over the Idlib de-escalation zone to monitor a ceasefire."

He was forced to eject from the aircraft. The wounded pilot blew himself up with a grenade as several dozen militants closed in on his position. The 33-year-old pilot has posthumously been awarded the title of the Hero of the Russian Federation.

Russia: Shock and disbelief at base where Russian pilot shot down in Syria served01:17
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"We still hope that he will come walking through the door, smile and say 'hello'. But it's clear that is not going to happen," Tatiana, a shopkeeper from the military village of Chernigovka, where the Russian pilot of the downed Su-25 Roman Filipov served, said in an interview on Tuesday.

"To be honest, it's a shock for us. When we heard about it, nobody believed that it happened," said the shopkeeper.

According to the Russian Ministry of Defence, Filipov's jet was "attacked with a short-range man-portable air defence system (MANPADS/MPADS) while flying over the Idlib de-escalation zone to monitor a ceasefire."

He was forced to eject from the aircraft. The wounded pilot blew himself up with a grenade as several dozen militants closed in on his position. The 33-year-old pilot has posthumously been awarded the title of the Hero of the Russian Federation.

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