At one of the stages of Russia-Belarus military exercises West-2017 an emergency situation occurred: at Luzhsky training ground near St. Petersburg there was an involuntary launch of air-to-surface missiles from a Ka-52 helicopter. 66.ru agency wrote this with reference to its own sources.
"They were flying to the target, and when 500 meters were left, according to the task, weapons chains were switched on, but something went wrong, and the missiles moved uncontrollably. Splinters scattered vastly, at least two cars were burnt, two people were seriously injured; they are now hospitalized. This was training before some kind of show. Most likely, journalists were the ones who got hurt," the source informed.
The exact date of the incident is unknown. According to the agency, it was around September 17-18.
According to the press service of the Western Military District, on Sept. 17, "in the framework of the joint strategic exercise West-2017 at Luzhsky training ground, the crews of attack helicopters Mi-28N and Ka-52 of army aviation of the Western Military District fulfilled the tasks of aerial reconnaissance, missiles strikes on ground targets and covering for the ground troops from the air."
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu visited the exercise on this polygon on September 18.
As it was reported earlier, Russia-Belarus exercise West-2017 started on September 14 and will last until September 20.
The exercises will be supervised by international observers of the UN, OSCE, NATO, CIS, CSTO and the International Committee of the Red Cross, as well as military observers from neighboring countries, including Ukraine.
Earlier Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko claimed that the Russian-Belarusian West-2017 drills threaten Ukraine. He noted that Ukraine will control and monitor for withdrawal of all equipment after the drills.
The Head of the General Staff Viktor Muzhenko noted that Ukraine prepares for different scenarios due to the West-2017 drills. According to him, these drills have a broader context than the announced maneuvers in the territory of Belarus. The aim of them is to train the Russian troops for the offensive actions and carry a threat both for NATO countries and former Soviet-era countries.