Body of Russian airman killed in Syria returned home: agencies

The scene shows, what according to Syrian rebels were fires caused by Russian military plane shot down by rebel forces near Idlib
The scene shows, what according to Syrian rebels were fires caused by Russian military plane shot down by rebel forces near Idlib, Syria, reportedly on February 3, 2018 in this still image obtained from social media via REUTERS

February 8, 2018

MOSCOW (Reuters) – The body of Russian air force pilot Roman Fillipov, who was killed after his aircraft was shot down over rebel-held territory in Syria, has been returned to Russia, Russian news agencies quoted the Russian defense ministry as saying.

The pilot’s body was recovered with help from the Turkish authorities, a defense ministry statement was quoted as saying. There were no details about how the body was retrieved from rebel-held territory.

(Reporting by Polina Ivanova and Maria Kiselyova; Writing by Christian Lowe; Editing by Andew Osborn and Robin Pomeroy)