Listen to this article Russian Warplane Accidentally Fires Weapon, Damages City Near Ukraine Border
On Thursday night, a Russian warplane accidentally fired a weapon into the city of Belgorod near the Ukrainian border, causing an explosion that damaged buildings and injured three people. The incident occurred as a Sukhoi Su-34 air force plane was flying over the city, resulting in an accidental discharge of aviation ammunition.
Details of the Incident
According to reports, the explosion caused a crater measuring 20 meters (65 feet) across on one of the main streets of Belgorod. Four cars and four blocks of flats were damaged in the blast, but fortunately, there were no fatalities. The governor of the region, Vyacheslav Gladkov, announced a state of emergency in response to the incident.
Investigation and Response
The Russian defense ministry did not state which type of weapon caused the incident, but they have initiated an investigation. The ministry has also announced that it will be conducting an inquiry into the matter.
Despite initial attempts by pro-war commentators to blame Ukraine for the blast, the Russian armed forces quickly admitted responsibility for the explosion. This admission highlights the strain on the military machine caused by the ongoing war in Ukraine, which has been going on for over 14 months.
The Belgorod region has experienced several explosions since Russia invaded Ukraine, with Russian jets frequently flying over the city on their way to Ukraine. Last October, a Russian military jet crashed into a residential building near the border with Ukraine, causing a major fire that killed 15 people. According to the Bell, a Russian media outlet, at least 10 Russian military jets have crashed after malfunctioning since the invasion began in February.
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