A Russian Aerospace Force Sukhoi Su-25 was shot down by a manportable air defence system (MANPADS) over Syria’s Idlib province, the Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) confirmed on 3 February.
“The pilot was able to report ejection from an area controlled by Jabhat al-Nusra [fighters]. [He] was killed while fighting against terrorists,” the MoD told the TASS news agency in a statement. Jabhat al-Nusra is now part of the Tahrir al-Sham group.
The confirmation came a few hours after video and still imagery showed the aircraft being hit, the wreckage of the Su-25 on the ground, and a group of rebel fighters with the dead pilot. No imagery purportedly showing the MANPADS responsible was released.
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