On Thursday night, a Russian fighter plane accidentally launched a missile, which exploded near the Ukrainian border in the Russian city of Belgorod.
According to the BBC, Belgorod’s regional governor, Vyacheslav Gladkov, claimed the blast left a 20-metre-wide crater in the city centre.
As the Sukhoi Su-34, a supersonic fighter-bomber jet, exploded, three persons were injured and several structures were destroyed.
“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 defence ministry said in a statement.
The Belgorod region, which is about an hour’s drive from the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv, has been hit by rockets several times since Russia launched its full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, according to BBC.
It was revealed that two women were taken to hospital for treatment and a nine-storey apartment block was evacuated because of potential structural damage, Gladkov said.
Meanwhile, an investigation will be launched into the incident to know the cause.
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