Russia: Putin awards Hero of Russia title to pilot killed in Syria

*MULTIPLE SHOTS AT SOURCE*l Russian President Vladimir Putin handed the star for the Hero of Russia to the family of the fallen pilot, Roman Filipov, during a ceremony on the Day of Defender of the Fatherland in Moscow, Friday. The medal was given to the widow of the deceased pilot Olga Filipova. The hero’s parents also attended the ceremony. According to the Russian leader, Filipov «took an... Еще unequal battle with terrorists. He did not give up, did not retreat. And we have every right to compare him with the heroes — defenders of the Brest Fortress, defenders of Moscow, Stalingrad.» «The death of Roman is an irreplaceable loss for relatives, friends and comrades. We all mourn with you and share this pain. Hats off to you. Thank you for bringing up a brave, worthy son,» Putin said. The Russian Ministry of Defence says 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.» The pilot was forced to eject from the aircraft and then blew himself up with a grenade as several dozens of militants circled him. The pilot was posthumously represented with the title of the Hero of Russia. Roman Filipov was burried on the Heroes' Alley in Voronezh.

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