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Russian warplane accidentally bombs own city, injuring at least three people

A crater in the Russian city of Belgorod after a Moscow warplane is accidentally discharged.
A crater in the Russian city of Belgorod after a Moscow warplane is accidentally discharged. Copyright Telegram Channel of Belgorod Region Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov via AP
Copyright Telegram Channel of Belgorod Region Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov via AP
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Moscow admits one of its warplanes accidentally bombed the Russian city of Belgorod injuring at least three people and damaging residential buildings

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Moscow has admitted one of its military aircraft mistakenly bombed the Russian city of Belgorod, just over the border from Ukraine.

The country's Ministry of Defence claimed that ammunition accidentally broke loose from the plane.

The Regional Governor, Vyacheslav Gladkov, said there were no fatalities reported, but at least three people were injured.

“An unexpected blow, I jumped up, I was thrown straight up, I ran out, they were already sitting on the floor, my relatives,” explained Belgorod resident Svetlana Popova.

“We heard a rumble," added Yulia, another resident. "It sounded like a jet plane, maybe, I'm not an expert. I think the experts will figure it out. The walls shook.”

The city was rocked by at least two explosions. Some residential buildings were damaged and cars were overturned according to the Ria Novosti news agency.

Police and emergency workers were called out and local authorities offered temporary accommodation in hotels to residents affected by the blasts.

Belgorod, a city of 340,000 located about 40km east of the Russia-Ukraine border, has faced regular drone attacks during Russia's current military operation in Ukraine.

Russian authorities blamed the earlier strikes on the Ukrainian military, which refrained from directly claiming responsibility for the attacks.

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