A picture taken on February 3, 2018, shows a Rebel fighter taking a picture of a downed Sukhoi-25 fighter jet in Syria's northwest province of Idlib. (AFP PHOTO)
MOSCOW, Feb. 6 (Xinhua) -- The body of the Russian pilot who was killed in a mission in Syria on Saturday was brought back to Russia, Russia's Defense Ministry said Tuesday.
A Su-25 fighter jet was shot down by the Nusra Front militants when it overflew a de-escalation zone in the province of Idlib in northwestern Syria, and the pilot blew himself up with a grenade after being seriously wounded and surrounded by the militants, according to the ministry.
"The pilot, Major Roman Filipov, who died heroically in Syria on Feb. 3 has been brought back to Russia by the Russian military intelligence service in collaboration with our Turkish colleagues," the ministry said in a statement.
The funeral for Major Roman Filipov with military honors will be held on Thursday in the city of Voronezh, about 60 0 kilometers south of Moscow, the statement said.
The pilot will be awarded posthumously with the Hero of Russia title, the country's highest honorary title, the ministry said earlier.