The crew of the helicopter Mi-8 on Monday, 1 August, was shot down in the Syrian province of Idlib and two more aboard the Russian officers were killed. This was stated press Secretary of Russian President Dmitry Peskov, reports .
“You are already, unfortunately, know the tragic news that came from Syria. It crashed the helicopter that was shot down from the ground, — said Peskov. — Everyone who was in the helicopter, as far as we know, people died, heroically, because he was trying to steal a car in order to minimize casualties on the ground.” He added that the Kremlin “deep condolences” to relatives of the dead soldiers. Peskov has specified that accurate information about the number of victims of the helicopter crash yet.
The defense Ministry earlier reported that on Board the downed helicopter were three crew members and two officers of the Russian center for reconciliation. It was said that the aircraft crashed “as a result of shelling from the ground”, when he returned to the base Hamim “after the delivery of humanitarian aid in Aleppo city”.
The Ministry did not mention the victims of the attack on Mi-8. In a statement, the military Department said that the fate of the pilots, “it turns out through all available channels”.
In social networks appeared photo, which allegedly depicted the body of the Russian pilot and the documents found in the helicopter, Reuters reported.
According to military expert Viktor Litovkin, the Russian army for the first time during the operations in Syria at a time lost five people. “Before that, the Ministry reported the deaths of 14 servicemen,” recalls Litovkin. About the latest victim, the defense Ministry announced on July 22. Soldier Nikita Shevchenko died in the explosion of an improvised explosive device during delivery of humanitarian aid in the same province of Aleppo, reported the war Department.
During a military operation in Syria, which began on 30 September 2015, according to official figures, killed 14 Russian servicemen.