Hero Pilot Shot Down in Syria Laid to Rest (Video)

“He always taught us to always go ahead and not to look back.”

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This sad and moving video was made by a local TV station at the town of Korenovsk in the Krasnodar region where the killed pilot Ryafagat Habibulin served at the airbase since 1992.

Top military brass and hundreds of locals came to pay their last respects to one of the most experienced Russian chopper pilots, who had made over 2,000 sorties. His son, also a pilot, solemnly pledged to continue his father’s cause - defending Russia.

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