- The Russian Defense Ministry says a transport helicopter has been shot down in Syria
- A Syrian military official says government forces have repelled an attack by insurgents
- The helicopter had three crew members and two officers from the Russian reconciliation cente
RUSSIA: All five people on board a Russian military helicopter that was shot down over Syria on Monday are believed to have died, the Kremlin said.
"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.
The defence ministry had earlier said there were five people on board.