The statement of the Russian defense Ministry, quoted by the Agency “RIA Novosti”, it is specified that the instructor pilot to Rafagat Khabibulin and Evgeny Dolgin overflew Syrian helicopters Mi-25 and received a request from the Syrian command to fire damage advancing East of Palmyra militants of the “Islamic state” (banned in Russia as a terrorist organization).
The Ministry of defense stressed that the result of competent actions of the Russian crew of a terrorist attack was disrupted”. “Having spent ammunition, with the turn to reverse course by ground fire, the helicopter was shot down by terrorists and crashed in an area controlled by the Syrian government army,” — said in a statement.
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As reported by “Interfax” the Russian military source, the helicopter was shot down by ISIS of American heavy anti-tank missile system TOW. “According to reports, the terrorists used American TOW. The helicopter, out of ammunition, went out at extremely low altitudes”, — said the source.
The dead pilots was posthumously honoured with high state awards.
Until now, it was officially reported about 11 killed in Syria Russian military. Thus the official number of casualties of the Russian armed forces in Syria currently stands at 13 people.
On the eve of the Russian defense Ministry denied the information of the Qatari TV channel Al Jazeera that the rebels shot down a Russian helicopter to the East of Palmyra, indicating no loss of aircraft.
During the fighting in Syria, the Russian air and space forces lost two helicopters. Mi-28 N in April, crashed in the district of HOMS, killing two people. Another car — the Mi-8 was shot down by militants during the operation to rescue the crew of the su-24, destroyed a Turkish fighter jet.
On Saturday, the Iraqi defense Ministry announced that several Russian helicopters Mi-28, which will be used in the fighting in the North of the country, reports the Iranian news Agency FARS. The statement by the defence Ministry expressed the hope that they will play an important role in the defeat of the militants of the “Islamic state”.