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

Shockwaves are seen on the road before the bomb explodes
Shockwaves are seen on the road before the bomb explodes. Picture: Twitter / @Gerashchenko_en

By Asher McShane

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.

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Two women were injured and several buildings and cars were damaged in the blast.

Footage posted on social media shows the road bending due to the shockwaves
Footage posted on social media shows the road bending due to the shockwaves. Picture: Twitter / @Gerashchenko_en

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 bomb left a huge crater in the middle of the city
The bomb left a huge crater in the middle of the city. Picture: Getty

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.

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Two women were injured in the explosion
Two women were injured in the explosion. Picture: Getty

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.

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