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Tuesday, 06 February 2018 - 12:14
Russian pilot kills himself in Syria
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The pilot of the downed Russian fighter jet in Syria dramatically shouted 'This is for our guys!' before killing himself with a grenade to avoid being captured by jihadists.

Major Roman Filipov ejected from his Sukhoi 25SM fighter jet after being hit with a missile from a portable surface-to-air system in Idlib, Syria.

The 33-year-old old pilot came under fire from rebel fighters from the Al-Qaeda linked group Al-Nusra Front on Saturday.

Maj. Filipov was in radio contact with the Russian airbase in Khmeimim, Syria, from the ground, and shot dead two rebels with his handgun as the jihadists closed in on him.

But realising his situation was hopeless, he pulled the pin on his grenade to kill himself.

Maj Filipov, from Vladivostok, has been posthumously nominated for the Kremlin's highest honour - the Hero of Russia, it was reported.

Vladimir Putin is expected to grant the award.

The pilot was flying at 4,000 metres (13,123ft) when he was hit, and the jet crashed nearby.

Video and photos from the scene show rebel fighters celebrating as the wreckage burns on the ground.


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