Russian Military Accidentally Bombs Own Territory

( – According to Russian local news sources, on January 13, Russia dropped Kalibr missiles on their own territory, apparently by mistake. A Russian Telegram news channel called ASTRA reported that one missile touched down in the morning hours between two villages, Pavlovskaya and Atamanskaya. There was no reported damage. Then later that evening, another Kalibr missile came down in an empty field, also causing no damage. ASTRA referred to Russian military analyst Ian Matveev, as well as the Conflict Intelligence Team analysts, as sources for their report.

This is not the first time Russia has mistakenly bombed their own territory, with several incidents this month alone. The Russian military admitted that one of their warplanes inadvertently targeted a village in the Voronezh region on January 2. Several private homes were damaged, and images of the large crater surrounded by debris circulated on social media. An adviser to Ukraine’s minister of internal affairs, Anton Gerashchenko, posted on X, saying that Russian civilians should go to emergency shelters when their own military is conducting missile attacks on Ukraine.

On January 8, the town of Rubezhnoye, which is in Ukraine’s Donbas region now being referred to as the Luhansk People’s Republic as it is currently controlled by Russian legislatures, was bombed by Russian aircraft. Leonid Pasechnik, who is the Russian-backed leader of that region, said on his Telegram channel that the bombing was an “emergency discharge” of FAB-250 aircraft munition that took place during a combat mission. He added that there were no casualties.

These mistakes have been admitted by the Russian military, who say that they will be investigating the incidents fully. The Ukrainian Military Center asserts that this sort of thing is routine in certain regions such as Belgorod. The mayor of Belgorod, Valentin Demidov, took to his own Telegram channel to urge residents of the region not to share videos and photos of such occurrences. He said that publishing that sort of content endangered everyone and those who do so will share responsibility for any tragic outcomes if Russian air defenses are compromised by them.

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