Sevastopol: Candles in the shape of the Su-25 burn at Filipov’s memorial service


February 5 , 2018 – FRN – 

Vesti – translated by Inessa Sinchougova

In Sevastopol, a memorial service is being held for the pilot who died in Syria, Major Roman Filipov – a Sevastopol native. A silhouette of the Su-25 aircraft has been laid out in burning candles. The plane was shot down by terrorists on Saturday, February 3, when the pilot ejected and landed in an area controlled by militants.

Thousands of Internet users have viewed the video in which the death of a real hero is documented. As if a movie – Filipov landed on the ground with the use of a parachute, and fired back until the fight was lost. 

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“Filipov fought until he was seriously wounded, and when the militants were just several meters away, the officer blew himself up with a grenade,” said Sergei Surovikin, Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Air Force.

“Roman was a competent first-class pilot; his death is a serious loss for the Russian air force and all those for whom he was a comrade-in-arms, mentor and role model. “

Thousands of internet users have express condolences to Filipov’s relatives – he leaves behind a wife and children. They, together with Roman’s parents, will receive assistance and support from the Russian Ministry of Defense.

Ministry of Defense, Moscow 

Filipov studied at school No. 85 in Voronezh, South-West Russia – his classmates have offered to name the school after him. The pilot graduated from the Armavir Center of Higher Military Aviation School in Krasnodar – just like his father, Nikolai Filipov, also a military pilot. Roman was one of the best officers in the service, Filipov’s colleagues say.

“As they say here – pilots never die, they fly away and don’t return.”

Residents of Vladivostok have similarly offered to name a street in the name of the deceased pilot. It could be, in the opinion of one of the public organizations, one of those streets where housing will soon be provided to the military. 

The 33-year-old pilot took second place in the Army Games “Aviadarts” in 2013. “He was one of the best in assault aviation – a worthy, courageous man,” his colleagues said.

Russia’s reaction to the death of the pilot was immediate. A high-precision weapon struck the area of the occurrence at the first instance – at least three dozen terrorists were destroyed. In the words of the President, enough Russian forces remain in Syria to deal a crushing blow to them.

Roman Filipov has been submitted for a posthumous award and title of “Hero of Russia.”

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