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Russian helicopter shot down in Syria after delivering humanitarian aid, five dead

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SYRIA — All five crew members on board a Russian helicopter shot down in Syria are dead, Russian state-owned news agency Sputnik reported Monday.

A Russian Defense Ministry statement said the helicopter was downed after making an aid delivery to Aleppo.

“Those who were aboard the helicopter, according to information from the Defense Ministry, have died heroically because they were attempting to steer the machine to minimize the casualties on the ground,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, according to Russian state media.