As reported by the newspaper sources in the military authorities, the pilots Rafagat Khabibulin and Evgeny Dolgin died as a result of the rocket hit the helicopter Mi-35M (based in Syria have several of these machines, deployed in Syria in March 2016) in which they overflew the area in the Eastern part of the Syrian province of HOMS.
According to the interlocutor of the newspaper group with at least two Mi-35M was in the air when the crew, headed by a member of two Chechen campaigns and operations in Georgia in 2008 Habibullin found a large group of militants attacked positions of the Syrian army. The publication indicates that the terrorists broke through the defense of Assad’s army, and reserves the Syrians in this area was not.
As a result, the Mi-35M was shot by the militants all the ammunition, but after the rocket hit the car lost control and crashed to the ground.
According to the official version of the Ministry of defense of Russia, which was announced on Saturday, Khabibulin and Dolgin was flying in Syrian Mi-25 and received a request from the Syrian command to fire damage advancing East of Palmyra militants. Casualty fell under the control of the government army territory, where the soldiers found the bodies of the pilots and transported them to the base Hamim. The defense Ministry said that Khabibulin and Dolgin was posthumously presented to the state awards.
July 8, the Russian defense Ministry denied the information of the Qatari TV channel Al Jazeera that gunmen shot down a helicopter of the Russian space forces, indicating no loss of aircraft.
Meanwhile sources “the businessman” in the defense Ministry indicate that the Ministry of defence there are several variants of rapid response to the death of pilots. The first is magnification and the number of sorties a mixed air group and repeated use of cruise missiles, sea-and air-based “Caliber-NK”. However, in this case in question may be a ceasefire, a prisoner in coordination with the coalition headed by the USA.
Another solution is to involve the operation of carrier-based aircraft from the cruiser “Admiral Kuznetsov”. The latter had to be brought to inflicting strikes on militants from October 2016, but in the case of a decision of the General staff of the cruiser can start to perform combat tasks at the end of August.
To rafagat Khabibulin and Evgeny Dolgin became the twelfth and thirteenth Russian soldiers, whose death in Syria was officially recognized by the Ministry of defense. The eleventh is a Sergeant Andrey Timoshenkov, about the death which the Ministry said in mid-June.
The Russian government has officially reported three losses of the aviation group in Syria. November 24, Turkey shot down a su-24 bomber that crashed in Syrian territory. For the rescue crew was organized rescue operation, which involved a Mi-8 helicopter. In the end, he was hit by the shelling from the ground. In addition, in mid-April in the region of HOMS, crashed military helicopter Mi-28N “Night hunter”.