Terrorists banned in Russia organization “Islamic state” shot down near Palmyra Russian helicopter Mi-25. Unfortunately, the crew died. The defense Ministry reported that the dead pilots have presented high state awards.
As the press service of the defense Ministry of Russia, the Russian crew of the Mi-25 in the composition instructors Rafagat Khabibulin and Evgeny Dolgin received a request from the Syrian command to fire damage a large group of militants “IG”, which started on 8 July the attack on the positions of Syrian government forces near Palmyra. If terrorists broke through the defense, it could seize the commanding heights.
Russian pilots, who overflew on his Mi-25, decided to respond to the request of the Syrian military to attack terrorists. The actions of the Russian crew foiled an attack by militants. After the crew had expended all the ammunition of the helicopter he decided to take the opposite course, but in this moment on the tarmac by ground fire, the helicopter was shot down.
The car fell in the area controlled by Syrian government forces. Unfortunately, to survive, the pilots failed.
The defense Ministry said that the crew presented to the high state awards.
According Lenta.ru killed Colonel Khabibulin was the commander of the 55th separate regiment of army aircraft based at the airport Korenovsk in the Krasnodar region. Also according to media reports, the bodies of the pilots and barely managed to evacuate from the scene of the helicopter crash.
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