The Russian Defense Ministry has confirmed that a Russian Su-25 warplane crashed in Syria and that the pilot was killed in fighting on the ground. The bodies of a family of seven were pulled from rubble following another attack in the town of Maasran, a local civil defense body said.
President Bashar al-Assad's government has vowed to retake all of Syria from rebels who have lost large swathes of the territory they have held in a war now entering its eighth year. At least one hospital, in Maaret al-Numan, was forced to close following multiple strikes, the Syrian American Medical Society said.
TASS news agency quoted the Russian Defence Ministry as saying Moscow retaliated on Saturday with a strike from an undisclosed high-precision weapon that killed more than 30 militants in Idlib province. The JIM found the Assad government responsible for using chlorine at least three times in 2014 and 2015, as well as for a sarin attack on the town of Khan Sheikhoun in April 2017.
Russian Federation has launched a bombing campaign against rebel groups in Syria in support of the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. "The Russians are taking their revenge on civilians, many of whom were already displaced and had fled their homes from earlier bombardment", said Ahmad Hilal, a civil defense rescuer.
The latest developments come as the United States this week accused the Syrian regime of using chemical weapons on opposition forces near the capital Damascus.
After hitting the ground, Filipov apparently remained in radio contact for a while with the Russian airbase in Khmeimim, Syria, reporting that he had had shot and killed two jihadist fighters with his hand gun as they were closing in on him.