BEIRUT, (Pakistan Point News - APP - 1st Augst,2016) - Five people on board a Russian military helicopter were killed Monday when it was shot down over Syria, in the single deadliest incident for Moscow since it intervened in the war. The attack came as Syrian opposition fighters and their jihadist allies battled government forces outside Aleppo in a bid to ease the regime's siege of rebel-held parts of the northern city. Russia's defence ministry announced the downing of the helicopter, which it said was carrying three crew and two officers.
"A Russian Mi-8 military transport helicopter was shot down from the ground after delivering humanitarian aid to Aleppo," the defence ministry said in a statement quoted by Russian news agencies. The Kremlin said all five people on board were assumed dead. "As far as we know from the information we've had from the defence ministry, those in the helicopter died, they died heroically, because they were trying to move the aircraft away to minimise victims on the ground," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists.