(updated: 21:06 11.07.2016) 1:43 / 10.54 Mb / video views: 5783 Russian President Vladimir Putin visited the service in the Cathedral of the Spaso-Preobrazhensky Valaam monastery in Karelia, which urged priests to remember the dead in Syria, the Russian pilots and to pray for them. Vladimir Putin called on all religious leaders of Russia to remember the victims in Syria, Russian pilots.
“Unfortunately, we have losses in Syria, killing two of our pilots who gave their lives for something that we all felt comfortable moving forward to the security of our Fatherland was strengthened. I ask, your Holiness, you, all spiritual leaders and people who are close to people through faith and through Christianity and through other faiths, never about the people not to forget to pray for them”, — said the President of the Russian Federation.
The defense Ministry earlier reported that the Russian military pilots-instructors Rafagat Khabibulin and Evgeny Dolgin died July 8 in Syria while flying over near Palmyra. As explained in Department, this day a large group of militants of the banned in Russia by the court of the terrorist organization “Islamic state” attacked the positions of Syrian troops to the East of Palmyra. Breaking through the defense, the terrorists were able to seize the commanding heights. At this time, Khabibulin and Dolgin overflew Syrian helicopters Mi-25. The commander of the crew Khabibulin made the decision to attack the terrorists. Thanks to the actions of the Russian crew of a terrorist attack was thwarted. The servicemen were honoured with high state awards.