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Russia's helicopter crashes in Syria

Russia's helicopter crashes in Syria

At least seven Russian planes were destroyed and 10 service members were wounded by rebel shelling at a Syrian air base.

Earlier in Syria, the ISIS militants said that he shot down a Russian helicopter.

"According to posts on a specialized forum, on December 31 a Mi-24 helicopter tripped over power line wires and crashed while escorting a convoy", the CIT wrote on Facebook.

The Ministry of defence of the Russian Federation issued on Wednesday a press-release in which it confirmed crashes in Syria December 31, Mi-24 and the death of two pilots.

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"Both pilots died in a hard landing 15 km from the air base", the ministry said, adding that a technician had been injured and taken to another air base at for emergency treatment.

The statement denied that the helicopter crashed following an attack.

Last month, Russian Federation began establishing a permanent presence at Hmeymim and a naval base at Tartous although Putin has ordered a "significant" withdrawal of his military from Syria, declaring its work largely done.

Russian Federation announced last month that it had accomplished its military mission and would focus on rebuilding the country and preserving peace.


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