Russia Unintentionally Dropped Bombs On Itself

( — The Russian military accidentally dropped bombs and missiles on Russian territory near the border of Ukraine multiple times in the past year.

According to the Russian Telegram channel Astra, last month a Russian missile hit the city center of Belgorod after “abnormally” dropping roughly 57 miles from the Ukraine border. However, there were reportedly no casualties.

Russia also inadvertently dropped bombs on its Belgorod region in January, prompting the evacuation of some residents, according to an Astra Telegram post.

The incidents have become increasingly common as Russia has stepped up attacks in the Kharkiv region of northeastern Ukraine and the eastern region of Donetsk.

Between March and April 2024, Russian missiles and bombs have landed in Russia or Russian-occupied Ukraine at least 21 times, according to Astra.

The UK Ministry of Defence said in a Saturday update on the war that the repeated incidents highlighted the Russian military’s “inability” to employ munitions successfully “on intended targets.” The MoD added that the errors have resulted in “destructive and lethal consequences” for Russian civilians.

In a previous update, the MoD said the incidents were likely due to a combination of “poor procedures when arming the aircraft” or “poor execution by aircraft crew.” It suggested that the increase in accidental bombings could demonstrate a lack of training and “fatigue” among air and ground crew.

Last Friday, Russian forces attempted to breach the local defenses in the Kharkiv region, prompting Kyiv to rush reinforcements to the region.

Regional governor Oleh Syniehubov said the city of Vovchansk, less than 3 miles from the Russian border, came under heavy barrage overnight from artillery, rockets, guided aerial bombs, and mortars. At least one civilian was killed and five others injured in the bombardment, while roughly 3,000 people were evacuated.

During a surprise visit to Kyiv on Tuesday, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken assured President Volodomyr Zelenskyy that the military aid currently on its way to Ukraine would “make a real difference against the ongoing Russian aggression.”

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