A non-armoured Russian helicopter carrying food and logistic supplies was gunned by anti-government rebels in Aleppo, Syria earlier today. Reports say the chopper was gunned down by rebels fighting to topple the Syrian government.
Russian defence minister Dmitry Peskov has promptly released a statement although he didn’t confirm the identity of the group which downed the aircraft.
“On August 1, an Mi-8 transport helicopter has been shot down by ground fire in Idlib province after a delivery of humanitarian aid to the city of Aleppo. Three crew members and two officers from the Russian Reconciliation Center in Syria were on board.
“Those on board the helicopter were killed, as we learned from the Defense Ministry’s report. They died heroically as [the crew] tried to divert the helicopter to minimize casualties on the ground.
“The Kremlin conveys its deep condolences to the families of those killed in action.”
More pictures from the wreckage: