The Russian military denied reports that during the West-2017 exercises there was an incident with the involuntary launch of an air-to-surface missile from a Ka-52 helicopter at spectators. This was reported by Interfax with reference to the press service of the Western Military District of the Russian Federation.
"On September 18, as part of the series of practical actions of the joint strategic exercises West-2017, there were no incidents connected with the operation of the army aviation," the press service said on Tuesday.
"All the reports on social networks about volleys on a crowd of journalists, a large number of seriously wounded - are deliberate provocations or someone's personal stupidity," the message reads.
The military reported that on video footage on social networks another case was shown - then the crews of helicopters practiced to defeat ground targets during the flight tactical exercise.
"The system of aiming one of the helicopters was mistakenly captured the target. As a result of firing an unguided rocket, one of the trucks without people was injured," the press service said.
The Western Military District reminded that hundreds of Russian and foreign journalists, as well as military attaches from more than 50 states, watched the September 18th episode of the West-2017 exercise.
Let's note, the Russian television channel "NTV" informs about three wounded spectators.
Earlier we reported that 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.