Russia’s Zapad 2017 is in full gear. As we’ve told you a few days ago, Russia is holding military war games to show NATO it can still put up a show.
The scenario of Zapad, an exercise where Russia is joined by the armed forces of its sympathetic neighbor Belarus, sees a region of Belarus declare independence and attempt to turn against Russia, and of course in this scenario written by the Russian defense writers, the Belarussian region is helped by Nato countries.
As these are the biggest exercises the Russians have held in five years almost, they are inspected by Russian President Vladimir Putin himself, so you know that his army is keen to show itself fully. These major exercises on NATO’s eastern front cause worry for European armies, but all they can do now is look on.
We told you about this earlier:
However there seems to have been a little mistake today (and this just when President Vladimir Putin came to watch. During a training exercise in western Russia, a military helicopter fired rockets at a group of parked vehicles and accidently shot a group of bystanders, knocking at least one of them to the ground
A man in civilian clothes standing close to the truck is engulfed in dust
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Russian website Fontana.ru posted the incident today, but by now their website seems to have been taken offline, clearly embarrassing the Russian leadership.
Fontana told its users the incident occurred on September 18th and that it left one person with a concussion.
It did not provide details on the source of the video.
The Interfax Russian Defense Ministry’s press agency did admit that during a training exercise a helicopter’s targeting system did indeed acquire a target by mistake, but they of course denied any injury.
“As a result of a strike by an unguided rocket, a cargo vehicle with no people on board was damaged”.