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Russian Helicopters Mistakenly Fire at Civilians During Exercise

Russian Helicopters Mistakenly Fire at Civilians During Exercise

A military helicopter on a training exercise in western Russian Federation mistakenly fired rockets at a group of parked vehicles, knocking at least one person to the ground, footage showed.

Russian President Vladimir Putin accompanied by the top military brass attended the drills at the range on Monday.

The Ka-52 helicopter accidentally launched a rocket at the audience, wounding two people.

But Russia's military has denied anyone was injured and said the video is not from the Zapad drills at all. "As a result of the strike by the unguided rocket, one truck without people in it suffered damage".

"All reports on social media over "volleys at crowd of journalists, ' 'large numbers of wounded" are a deliberate provocation or someone's personal stupidity", the district said in a statement.

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The unnamed source told 66.ru that there appeared to have been a technical glitch on board "and the missiles blasted off on their own".

The 66.ru report quoted a source it did not identify as saying that two people were seriously injured and that the incident occurred "yesterday or the day before", but no specific date was given. "The victims were most likely journalists".

Russia is now staging the "Zapad 2017" war games in the area, major exercises on NATO's eastern flank that were inspected on Monday by Russian President Vladimir Putin. Journalists, veterans' groups and other were allowed to watch portions of the Russian war games.

The representative cited by Interfax did not say when the incident happened, or where, or if the exercise was part of the "Zapad-2017" war games.

Officially, they involve 12,700 soldiers deployed in both countries, with most of the training taking place on Belarusian soil.