A Russian attack helicopter mistakenly fired at least one rocket into a crowd of spectators during a large-scale military exercise in western Belarus simulating a counterattack against North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces.
RBC also posted a video of what appeared to show a rocket from a passing Ка-52 "Alligator" combat helicopter explode close to a group of men dressed in camouflage fatigues.
The press service did not say when the incident occurred and it was not clear whether it was denying that it happened during Zapad 2017, which started on September 14. It said it happened Sunday or Monday at the Luzhsky range, about 100 kilometers (60 miles) east of the border with Estonia.
The Russian military acknowledged that a rocket was sacked by accident by a helicopter, but insisted that no one was hurt in the incident.
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According to 66.ru, the incident took place on the Lujchi polygon in western Russian Federation.
A separate report, however, suggested there were three people injured, who were not civilians. Russian Federation launched short range ballistic missiles, naval forces, and its newest Ka-52 attack helicopters.
The Moscow Times reported that two journalists were injured in the blast, and an unnamed military source was cited in a Russian news outlet as saying the firing occurred due to a technical glitch.
Russian President Vladimir Putin attended the exercises on Monday.
Russian Federation and Belarus initially said September's Zapad 17 (West 17) exercise would only include around 12,700 troops strong, comprised predominantly of Belarusian troops.
Thousands of personnel are now taking part in the Zapad 2017 exercise.
"The targeting system of one of the helicopters locked onto the wrong target".
"On 18 September within the bounds of the staging the episode of the practical actions of the Zapad 17 strategic exercises, there were no incidents connected with the work of army aviation", the ministry told Interfax.
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