Syria: «This is for our guys!» Footage allegedly shows Russian pilot's last stand

Background shouting (Arabic): «Allahu Akbhar (repeatedly). Hey guys, try to catch him.» Voice shouting (Russian): «This is for our guys» Russian pilot Major Roman Filipov died during combat with militants on the ground in Idlib Province after his plane was shot down, Saturday, Russia's Ministry of Defence has said. Footage emerged on a YouTube channel titled IDLIB+ on Monday purportedly... Еще showing armed men approaching the pilot's position amid the sound of gunfire. A voice can be heard shouting in Russian: «This is for our guys!» before what is thought to be the sound of an explosion. Black smoke is then seen rising from the scene. Militants were also filmed jumping on a broken wing of what is said to be the downed SU-25 fighter plane. According to the Russian Ministry of Defence the jet was “attacked by a short-range man-portable air defence system (MANPADS/MPADS) while flying over the Idlib de-escalation zone to monitor a ceasefire.” Commander of the Russian Aerospace Forces Sergei Surovikin said Filipov had attempted to keep the plane in the air, but was forced to eject. He landed by parachute under heavy ground fire from the militant-held village of Tell-Debes, eventually falling in an «unequal battle» with militants, Surovikin stated. «Seriously wounded, the officer blew himself up with a grenade when he was some several dozen metres away from the militants,» he added. The 33-year-old pilot has been posthumously awarded the Hero of the Russian Federation. This package was obtained by Ruptly through IDLIB+. We have not been able to verify the authenticity of the footage.

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