Russian fighter plane mistakenly bombs the Russian town of Belgorod

Explosion in Belgorod – BELGOROD GOVERNMENT – Europa Press

Accidental dropping of ammunition from a Russian fighter has caused a powerful explosion in the Russian city of Belgorod, near the Ukrainian border, resulting in at least three injuries, according to local authorities.

«On April 20, 2023, at around 22.15 Moscow time, during the flight of the Su-34 aircraft of the Aerospace Forces over the city of Belgorod, there was an abnormal descent of aviation ammunition,» the Russian Defense Ministry has explained. The Government has confirmed that there were casualties in residential buildings, but no casualties have been reported, and noted that an investigation is already underway.

For his part, the governor of Belgorod, Vyacheslav Gladkov, explained that the explosion left a hole with a radius of 20 meters in a main street of the city and damaged four apartments in a building and four vehicles.

Gladkov initially reported that two people were injured, but raised the number of victims to three, although none of them is in serious condition. He also explained that all the people affected by the damage to nearby buildings have already been evacuated from the area.

The governor has indicated in his Telegram account that local authorities will work in the coming days to restore normality in the area affected by the explosion.