Russia: 'It's a shock for us' — Shopkeeper on Russian pilot's death

«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 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... Еще. 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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