Russia Confirms Warplane Downed Over Syria, Pilot Dead

Russian President Vladimir Putin takes part in a video link while launching the fourth power unit of the Rostov Nuclear Power Plant in Rostov-on-Don Russia

Syrian rebels shot down a Russian warplane and killed its pilot on the ground after he ejected from the plane, Russia's defence ministry and Syrian rebels say.

"The Russian pilot came down in a parachute, before being captured", said Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The region where the plane crashed is controlled by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, an outfit dominated by Al-Qaeda's former Syrian affiliate.

Russian Federation is a key ally of President Bashar al-Assad, and has been waging a military campaign on behalf of his forces since 2015. De-escalation zones include the Idlib Province, some parts of its neighboring areas in the Latakia, Hama and Aleppo Provinces north of the city of Homs, Eastern Ghouta, as well as the Daraa and al-Quneitra Provinces in southern Syria.

Syria's state news agency, SANA, said Syrian troops captured the village of Maasaran as well as the Tel Tokan hill, cutting links between Saraqeb and the rebel-stronghold of Maarest al-Numan to the south. Syrians in rebel-held areas say they can distinguish between Russian warplanes and those of the Syrian air force, because the Russian planes fly at higher altitude.

The Idlib Media Center, an anti-government activist group, posted images that purportedly show the plane's wreckage.

With the help of Russian forces, the Syrian government has managed to take back much of the country held by rebels.

A source in the Syrian Army also confirmed to Sputnik that elite assault units of the army have liberated multiple villages, all of which are located to the south-west of the previously liberated airbase Abu al-Duhur.

A total of eight Turkish soldiers and at least 24 allied Syrian opposition fighters have died so far in Ankara's offensive, which started on January 20.

About 45 Russian military personnel have been confirmed dead in Syria, along with an unknown number of contractors.

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