Russian Pilot Gains Hero Status in Syria

Posted on February 5, 2018

Cornered Russian pilot dramatically shouted “This is for our guys!” before killing himself with grenade to avoid capture in Syria

Major Roman Filipov had ejected from his stricken Sukhoi 25SM after being struck by a portable surface-to-air missile system

A downed Russian pilot dramatically shouted “this is for our guys” before blowing himself up with a grenade to avoid being captured by jihadists.

Major Roman Filipov had escaped from his stricken jet after it was hit by a portable surface-to-air missile system over Syria .

But as he parachuted to the ground rebels opened fire on him.

The 33-year-old pilot shot dead two rebels with his Stechkin hand gun as the jihadists closed in on him as he stayed in radio contact with his Khmeimim base from the ground.

But realising his situation was hopeless, he pulled the pin on his grenade to kill himself.

His last words caught on a rebel video were: “This is for our guys”.

Filipov, from Vladivostok, has been posthumously nominated for the Kremlin’s highest honour – the Hero of Russia, it was reported.

Vladimir Putin is expected to grant the award in memory of the pilot, who was flying at 4,000 metres when he was hit.

Earlier reports suggested Filipov had been captured by rebels and separately that he had been killed in fighting.

But later it became clear that he had exploded his grenade to take his own life rather than be captured.

Syrian and Russian forces were reported to be on the ground at the scene of the incident aiming to retrieve the pilot’s remains.

Russia’s defence ministry confirmed the pilot had been shot down, saying: “A Russian Su-25 aircraft crashed during a flight over the Idlib de-escalation zone.

“The pilot had enough time to announce he had ejected into the zone, under the control of al-Nusra Front fighters.

“The pilot was killed in fighting against terrorists.”

The Mirror Online >

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