A Russian Su-34 mistakenly bombed the Russian city of Belgorod on Thursday, authorities said. The blast injured two women and severely damaged four apartments, according to the local governor. Footage of the aftermath showed destroyed apartment walls and wrecked cars. Something is loading.
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A Russian plane accidentally bombed the Russian border town of Belgorod on Thursday evening, the Moscow Defense Ministry said.
Surveillance footage of the blast was uploaded to Telegram by Russian media outlet RBC. It shows a flash of light before a section of the street burst into flames and debris was thrown into the air.
“During the flight of the Su-34 aircraft of the Aerospace Forces over the city of Belgorod, an abnormal descent of aviation ammunition occurred,” the ministry told state media TASS.
Two women were injured in the blast, which left a 60ft wide crater in the city center and damaged four apartments, Belgorod Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov wrote on Telegram.
One woman was sent to hospital with a head injury, while the other suffered abrasions and was treated at the scene, Gladkov wrote.
Photos released by Gladkov showed extensive damage to nearby apartments – the exterior wall of one property was completely destroyed. Another photo showed what appears to be a blown entrance.
One of four properties damaged by the accidental bombardment. Belgorod Region Governorate/Handout/Anadolu Agency
Four cars were also destroyed by the blast, according to Gladkov.
“An investigative team and employees of the Ministry of Emergency Situations are working on the spot,” Gladkov wrote.
He described a need to “restore traffic to one of the city’s main thoroughfares”, saying the blast happened in a typically busy area of Belgorod.
Belgorod is about 25 miles from the Ukrainian border and Russian warplanes often fly over the city on combat missions. It is located about 80 km from Kharkiv, the second largest city in Ukraine.
Belgorod is located about 25 miles from the Ukrainian border. Screenshot/Google Maps
Russia accused Ukraine of bombing Belgorod throughout the war. kyiv has repeatedly denied this, accusing Russia of missing out on its own city.
The Kremlin’s assault on Ukraine has been marked by humiliating blunders over the past year.
In January, one of his sergeants accidentally detonated a hand grenade in a barracks, killing three of his comrades. Ukrainian and Western observers also recorded several instances of Russian troops firing on their comrades.
The Russian Defense Ministry did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment sent outside of normal business hours.