By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent Worthy News
MOSCOW (Worthy News) – Moscow reluctantly acknowledged Friday that a Russian supersonic warplane accidentally bombed a Russian city, injuring several people, around 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the border with Ukraine, where a war is ongoing.
“At around 22:15 Moscow time on April 20, when a Su-34 plane of the Russian Aerospace Forces was performing a flight above the city of Belgorod, an emergency release of an air ordnance occurred,” the Russian defense ministry said in a statement.
It was seen as a bureaucratic way to say that the plane had mistakenly fired a weapon. The bomb left a 20 meters (60 feet) crater and caused an explosion so large it blew a car onto the roof of a nearby shop in Belgorod, witnesses said.
Regional governor Vyacheslav Gladkov confirmed that authorities had ordered residents to evacuate a nine-story of flats as a precaution.
Gladkov added that three people were wounded, including two women taken to hospital, though their injuries “weren’t life-threatening.” That seemed a miracle, he suggested, as a Russian bomber hitting a busy residential area could have caused many more casualties.
“Thank God, no one was killed,” Gladkov noted.
About an hour’s drive from the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv, the Belgorod region has been hit by suspected Ukrainian rockets several times since Russia launched its massive military invasion of Ukraine in February last year.
Russia’s military said it would investigate the incident, but maintenance workers were already seen repairing a busy intersection in this city of about 340,000 people.
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