These days two Russian websites, most notably Fontanka.ru has released a video that features a live recording of the joint Russian-Belarussian military exercise Zapad 2017. Nothing would be strange if there wasn’t for a horrendous mistake, the military helicopter fired rockets near journalists and almost killed one.
Citing unnamed sources, Fontanka.ru reported the incident occurred on September 18 and left one person with a concussion, the one you can see in the video walking towards the vehicle.
The Russian Defence Ministry’s western military district, in a statement cited by Interfax news agency, said that during a training exercise a helicopter’s targeting system had mistakenly acquired a target, but denied anyone had been injured.
State-run Russian media reported that Russia’s Western Military District said a helicopter’s systems had mistakenly acquired a target during a training drill, but did not confirm that it happened during Zapad 2017. The ministry also denied anyone had been injured.