Sunday, 17 December, 2017

Did Russia accidentally fire missiles at civilians during Zapad 2017 military exercises?

Russian President Vladimir Putin uses a pair of binoculars while watching the Zapad-2017 war games held by Russian and Belarussian servicemen with Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu seen nearby at a military training ground in the Leningrad region Rus US Actor Freeman's Claims US at War With Russia 'Emotional Exaltation' - Kremlin
Erik Tate | 20 September, 2017, 00:57

As the helicopters near, rockets suddenly fly from one of them towards the man, exploding and throwing debris over the camera.

The 66.ru report quoted a source it did not identify as saying that two people were seriously injured and that the incident occurred "yesterday or the day before", but no specific date was given.

The military said the incident was caused by the failure of the helicopter's targeting system. It insisted that no one was hurt, and that just one military truck was damaged.

Russian forces are collaborating with Belarusian troops in the war games, which simulate a scenario where a hostile "Western Coalition" seeks to overthrow the Belarus government and split it away from Russia.

Accounts in the Russian media, though, seemed to tell a different story.

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According to reports in social media, the incident occurred on September 18.

The military report cited by NTV says that on September 16 a lieutenant colonel and a senior lieutenant carried out a sortie at 2:47 p.m. from an aerodrome to practice live fire combat exercises. It said it happened Sunday or Monday at the Luzhsky range, about 100 kilometers (60 miles) east of the border with Estonia. The footage shows at least one person knocked to the ground by the force of the impact. Civilian cars are parked around it.

Russian President Vladimir Putin attended the exercises on Monday. The Zapad exercises, conducted jointly with Belarus, have discomforted Moscow's neighbors in the Baltic States and Poland who, following the Kremlin's invasion of Ukraine in 2014, see them as a threat.

Russian Federation and Belarus have dismissed the claims, insisting the exercises are entirely defensive.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation officials have said they believe the exercises involve more troops than Moscow has disclosed, however, and have complained about what they say is the lack of transparency about the exercise, an allegation Russian Federation rejects.

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