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Watch the moment Russian war jet accidentally drops bomb on own city leaving huge crater in city centre
21 April 2023, 07:51 | Updated: 21 April 2023, 13:40
Shocking footage shows the moment a Russian jet accidentally dropped a bomb on the Russian city of Belgorod near the border with Ukraine.
Video posted on social media of captured the blast as it happened, sending shockwaves through the road before a huge explosion, close to nearby traffic along Prospekt Vatutina.
The bomb struck close to the city centre, lifting a vehicle onto the roof of a supermarket as it narrowly missed an apartment block.
Two women were injured and several buildings and cars were damaged in the blast.
Last night a Russian guided bomb fell and detonated in Russian Belgorod. Russian defense ministry called this event an "Out-of-the-ordinary decline."— Anton Gerashchenko (@Gerashchenko_en) April 21, 2023
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The regional governor Vyacheslav Gladkov said the blast left a huge crater about 20 metres (60 ft) wide in the centre of the city, which has a population of over 400,000.
The weapon was dropped from an SU-34 bomber jet, Russia’s defence ministry said.
Photos from the aftermath of the blast show a huge crater and apartments damaged.
In a statement, the Russian Ministry of Defence said: "As a Sukhoi Su-34 air force plane was flying over the city of Belgorod there was an accidental discharge of aviation ammunition."
The bomb was believed to have been meant for neighbouring Kharkiv.