The Russian plane was shot down in Syria by rebels of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham on Saturday. The pilot who ejected on time was killed after parachuting into rebel-held territory, the defense ministry said.“A Russian Su-25 aircraft crashed during a flight over the Idlib de-escalation zone. The pilot had enough time to announce he had ejected into the zone, under the control of al-Nusra Front fighters,” the ministry stated.
“The pilot was killed in fighting against terrorists.”It also included that “according to preliminary reports, the plane was shot down by a portable anti-aircraft missile system.”The Russian armed force said it had executed killed “more than 30 al-Nusra Front fighters” using a "high-accuracy weapons" in the territory where the plane was shot down.
The area where the aircraft crashed is controlled by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, a jihadist furnish commanded by Al-Qaeda's previous Syrian associate.Forces supporting president Bashar al-Assad's administration, upheld by Russia, propelled an offensive around the end of December to capture the southeastern territory of Idlib, the last enclave out of Damascus' control.
Rebel groups previously shot down Syrian planes, yet hardly those from the Russian armed force.In August 2016, five Russian soldiers died after their helicopter was shot around rebels in Idlib.In November 2015, Turkey shot down a Russian fighter jet, which caused a diplomatic crisis amongst Ankara and Moscow.