Crew of downed in Syria Russian helicopter try to save people on ground

 Crew of downed in Syria Russian helicopter try to save people on ground

The crew members on board Russia's transport helicopter downed in Syria died heroically in an attempt to minimize civilian casualties on the ground, the Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

"Those who were aboard the helicopter, according to information from the Defense Ministry, have died heroically because they were attempting to steer the machine to minimize the casualties on the ground," Sputnik cited Peskov as saying.

He expressed deep condolences to the friends and relatives of the fallen servicemen.

The Russian Aerospace Forces' Mi-8 Hip transport helicopter was downed in the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib while returning from a humanitarian mission in Aleppo, the Russian Defense Ministry said earlier in the day. Three crew members and two reconciliation center officers were on board the helicopter.

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