An undetonated bomb was found in Belgorod in western Russia, near the place where a Russian plane “lost” an explosive device on Thursday, independent Russian media reported on Saturday. They appealed to the regional authorities.
“Sappers have detected an explosive object. Specialists of the Ministry of Defense have decided that it will be disposed of at the training ground,” Novaya Gazeta. Yevropa reported, quoting the governor of the Belgorod region, Vyacheslav Gladkov.
The “explosive object”, which according to the media is an aerial bomb, was in the ground at a depth of about seven meters. The charge did not detonate.
The authorities decided that it was necessary to evacuate the inhabitants of nearby buildings within a radius of 200 meters before the sappers began work. It’s over three thousand people. Novaya Gazeta reported, citing local social networks, that evacuation buses had already arrived at the site.
A Russian plane “lost” a bomb
On Thursday evening, a Russian Su-34 bomber “lost” a bomb over the border with Ukraine the Russian city of Belgorod. Authorities said there had been an “unscheduled drop of aircraft ammunition”.
Two people were injured. A crater with a diameter of 20 meters was formed on one of the main streets of the city, the Reuters agency reported, citing Russian media.
Military experts, commenting on the accident, drew attention to the inadmissibility of flights of aircraft armed with ammunition over the city.
Explosions in Belgorod
Belgorod is a peripheral city in Russialocated 40 kilometers from the Ukrainian border and about 700 kilometers south of Moscow, inhabited by about 400,000 people.
In the previous months, the administration of Belgorod and the Belgorod region repeatedly reported about explosions that allegedly took place in, among others, fuel depots and military facilities. The Kremlin regularly accuses the Ukrainian side of these incidents.
The authorities in Kiev do not confirm their involvement in these events.
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