Russian war games helicopter fires on civilian cars

Russian Helicopters May Have Fired on Bystanders at Zapad Military Drills

A video clip published on Tuesday by the independent news site showed a helicopter firing a salvo of rockets at a military truck covered in camouflage netting in open countryside, with three vehicles with no military markings visible, parked a few meters away.

The Western Military District stressed that the video uploaded to social networks showed a different incident, which occurred when helicopter crews were practicing attacks on ground targets. Four of Russia's new KA-52 attack helicopters rose above the tree line, hovering under the murk, punctuating an nearly continual stream of ordinance, that ended with a long column of T72 tanks driving forward.

A lucky escape at the Zapad military exercise.

". At least two cars were burned, two people sustained serious injuries; they were taken to hospital".

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.

It says nearly 700 pieces of military hardware are being deployed, including nearly 250 tanks, 10 ships and various artillery and rocket systems.

The Russian Armed Forces told the Interfax news agency that...

The Zapad-2017 is, most of the times, organized in Belarus, in the ultra-militarized enclave of Kaliningrad and in several regions of northwestern Russian Federation. "An unguided missile hit a truck but did not injure anyone", the military spokesman said.

Moscow has insisted that the exercises would rehearse a strictly defensive scenario and involve no more than 12,700 troops, just below the level that would require Russian Federation to allow North Atlantic Treaty Organisation observers under an worldwide agreement.

The unnamed source told that there appeared to have been a technical glitch on board "and the missiles blasted off on their own".

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