Approximately 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the Ukrainian border, a Russian Sukhoi-34 fighter jet unintentionally dropped a bomb on the Russian city of Belgorod.
The explosion from the bomb was so powerful that a car was blown into the roof of an adjacent store and left a 20m (60ft) crater.
A nine-story apartment building that was damaged had been evacuated as a precaution, according to regional governor Vyacheslav Gladkov.
He claimed that numerous structures were damaged, along with three injuries.
As traffic flowed along Prospekt Vatutina, near to the city center, video released on social media showed the effect of the bomb lifting a vehicle onto the roof of a supermarket.
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The Russian defense ministry acknowledged in a brief statement that one of its Su-34 fighter bombers “accidentally discharged aircraft ordnance” on Thursday at 22:15 local time (19:15 GMT).
It was a formal method of expressing that the jet had accidentally discharged a weapon. It didn’t say which one, though.
In close proximity to residential structures and at the crossroads of two roads, the bomb landed.
The governor reported that two women were treated at a hospital.
However, the results may have been much worse had a Russian bomber not struck a crowded residential area.
He posted on social media, “Thank God no one was killed.”
CCTV footage of the incident reveals that locals did, in fact, escape with their lives.
In the footage, several automobiles pass a crossroads before something falls on the ground close by.
No immediate explosion occurs.
About 18 seconds later, the ordnance explodes, destroying a portion of the road, catching one of the passing vehicles, and launching a parked vehicle into the air until it lands on the supermarket roof.
According to the Russian military, an investigation into the incident has begun.
According to pro-government news outlet Moskovsky Komsomolets, which cited a former military pilot, “lessons will be learned, but the conclusions [of the investigation] are unlikely to be made public.”
Belgorod’s busiest crossroads was being repaired by morning by maintenance personnel.
The mayor stated that the majority of the work would be completed over the weekend, with the road being resurfaced on Monday.
The regional governor declared that despite having a horrible night, the people of Belgorod would survive.
On their journey to Ukraine, Russian jets frequently fly over Belgorod, a city of 370,000 people.
It is located close to the north of Kharkiv, the country’s second-largest city, and since last year’s full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine, it has been the target of sporadic Ukrainian attacks.