Russian Defence Ministry leadership says farewell to Roman Filipov, pilot fallen in Syria
Head of the Russian defence department General of the Army Sergei Shoigu and members of the Russian Defence Ministry Board said farewell to Roman Filipov, pilot fallen in Syria. The Il-76 plane with the Russian officer’s body left for Voronezh.
According to Nikolai Pankov, Deputy Defence Minister, Hero of Russia Roman Filipov had fulfilled his military duty, remained loyal to the military oath, sacrificed himself while fighting the enemy, and become one of the best defenders of the Fatherland.
In his turn, ex-Commander of the Russian Air Force General of the Army Vladimir Mikhailov noted that this exploit literally shook people in Russia and abroad. “We say: “Heroes do not die. Heroes live forever”. And Roman will live in our hearts,” said Vladimir Mikhailov.
On February 3, while flying over the Idlib de-escalation zone, the Russian Su-25 was shot down by a missile launched from a MANPAD. The aircraft was operated by Major Roman Filipov. The pilot ejected. Major Roman Filipov surrounded by enemies engaged in an unequal fight. Being badly wounded, Russian officer exploded a hand grenade.
For his courage and heroism, Major Roman Filipov was posthumously awarded the title of the Hero of the Russian Federation