Russian Federation confirms helicopter crash in Syria killed 2

Sunday, 14 Jan, 2018

The Russian Ministry of Defense usually releases a video on New Year's to show off their deadly weapons.

The incident took place on December 31, when the "Russian Mi-24 helicopter crashed while making a hard landing" 15 km from Hama airfield, the ministry said in a statement.

The flight engineer on board was injured in the accident and urgently evacuated by a search and rescue team to the Hmeimim airfield, where he was provided with medical aid.

"There is no fire exposure for the Mi-24 was not", - noted in the defense Ministry.

Citing the website Forumavia.ru, the independent researchers provided the full name of one of the crew members - Major Artyom Kulish - and identified the second by his last name Matveyev. Also according to the group the area controlled by opposition forces and is included in one of the zones of de-escalation.

The clip - titled "Loyal Friends" - was posted on the Russian Ministry of Defence's YouTube channel, to celebrate the New Year.

Thousands of Russian private military contractors are reportedly fighting in Syria, and there are increasing reports about such contractors being killed in action.