Russia: Memorial service held in Vladivostok for hero pilot

A military memorial service was held in honour of Hero of the Russian Federation Major Roman Filipov, who died in Syria last week, in Vladivostok on Wednesday. Sailors, as well as students from the Vladivostok branch of the Nakhimov Naval School, took part in the service, laying flowers besides a photograph of the pilot. «In the minds of all the cadets, in the minds of everyone at our school... Еще, he became a hero, a real hero who showed the character of a Russian soldier and how a real soldier should behave,» said cadet Matsnev Vladislav. 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 was posthumously awarded the title of Hero of the Russian Federation, the Kremlin’s highest honour.

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