Russia: Relatives and teachers commemorate hero pilot at Voronezh school

Dozens of mourners attended a commemoration service for Russian pilot Roman Filipov at school No. 85 in Voronezh on Saturday, where Filipov studied for ten years. Among the attendees was Nikolai Filipov, Roman's father, who, speaking to the gathered crowd, commended his son's teachers and the education his son received at the school which laid the groundwork for his services as a fighter pilot... Еще. «The homeland greatly appreciated his heroic deed and honoured him with the Hero of the Russian Federation award,» concluded the pilot's father. 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 [in Syria] 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 closed in on his position, according to the Russian MoD. The pilot was posthumously awarded the title of Hero of the Russian Federation.

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