"On 3 February 2018, a Russian fighter jet Su-25 crashed when flying over the Idlib de-escalation zone".
Russian Federation lost its second combat jet in Syria, after an Su-25 ground attack aircraft was shot down by rebels in the Idlib province.
Russian Federation and Turkey, which is responsible for a de-escalation zone in Idlib, were taking measures to return the pilot's body, the defense ministry said. Preliminary data showed the Su-25 plane was downed by a man-portable air-defense system (MANPAD), the ministry said in a statement on Saturday. Since then, Syrian government forces have captured wide parts of the country and in recent weeks have been marching in Idlib.
The army also carried out a successful operation in the south of the province of Aleppo, where, after heavy clashes with terrorists of al-Nusra Front, the villages of al-Mulaham and Atshanah Sharqiyah were liberated. One social media video posting showed a body said to be that of the pilot.
Earlier in the day, the Observatory and the media arm of al-Qaida-linked militants reported intense airstrikes in Idlib.More news: Higher traffic boosts results at McDonald's
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Russian Federation has acted alongside its Syrian allies targeting rebels in the area.
Syrian troops launched a fierce offensive on Idlib in late December, with backing by Russian warplanes.
The military said Saturday's deaths were related to Turkey's operation against Syrian Kurdish-held Afrin, codenamed Olive Branch. One of the soldiers was killed when a Turkish tank was hit in Afrin. The YPG controls much of the territory along the border and an uninterrupted strip from Manbij to the Iraqi border.