Major Roman Filipov, the deceased pilot of su-25 shot down in Syria presented by Russia’s defence Minister Sergei Shoigu to the rank of Hero of Russia posthumously.
TASS reports, the Russian defense Ministry: militants shot down from MANPADS su-25 Filipova, when he circled over the areas of de-escalation «Idlib» to monitor the ceasefire; Filipov to the last kept the plane in the air and managed to inform Starfleet that was attacked, the pilot ejected near the village of tell Debes.
Further, the heroism of the pilot is described as: «Major Roman Filipov until the last minutes of life had had the unequal battle with organic weapons, not allowing the militants. Been surrounded by terrorists, he was severely injured when the distance to the militants was reduced to a few tens of meters, a Russian officer blew himself up with a grenade».
The Ministry of defence said that the Roman Filipov was an experienced pilot and not for the first time on business trips in Syria, has carried out dozens of combat missions to destroy the terrorists, and escort humanitarian convoys of the Russian Center for reconciliation of the warring parties.
Roman Filipov was a graduate of the Krasnodar higher military aviation school of pilots.