Two injured in Russian, Belarusian war games

Frederick Owens
September 20, 2017

However, the exact day when the horrific accident has happened is not known, but it's believed it was on 17 or 18 September, one day before the visit of President Vladimir Putin and Defense Minister Sergey Soigu at the same polygon.

A Russian military helicopter accidentally fired rockets near a crowd of spectators during military exercises in the west of the country, reportedly injuring two people.

Russian Federation is now staging the Zapad 2017 war games in the area.

Another video shows the cockpit view as the pilot flies over the scene before the rockets suddenly fire towards the ground. It said it happened Sunday or Monday at the Luzhsky range, about 100 kilometers (60 miles) east of the border with Estonia.

A separate report, however, suggested there were three people injured, who were not civilians.

Moscow says nearly 13,000 Russian and Belarussian service personnel are taking part, as well as around 70 planes and helicopters.

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2017 maneuvers began Thursday at several firing ranges in Belarus and western Russian Federation. As commander-in-chief of Russia's armed forces, Mr Putin observed the simulated battles along with a number of top generals at the start of this week.

"The splinters have a large explosion, at least two cars were burnt, two people were seriously injured, now they are in the hospital". The left helicopter then fires a rocket which hits a cargo vehicle directly in front of the person recording.

The Russian party acknowledges the fact of the incident, but reports that the blow on the published video was recorded elsewhere and at another time.

Two videos of the incident can be found on social media - one shows the footage from the helicopter, while the other was filmed on the ground near to the strike.

"A target was misidentified by the sighting system of one of the helicopters", state news agency RIA quoted the press service as saying.

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