Russia accidentally bombs own village near Ukraine

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Russia mistakenly bombed one of its own towns in the Voronezh region near Ukraine on Tuesday, but claims no one was injured in the incident.

The botched bombing happened on the same day that Russia and Ukraine also stepped up their attacks on each other.

The Russian military told local news agencies that there had been an “abnormal firing of anti-aircraft ammunition” over the village of Petropavlovka in the Voronezh region.

The incident took place on Tuesday at 09:00 (Russian time), but “no injuries were reported”.

Petropavlovka is about 150 km east of Russia’s border with Ukraine.

Russia says six private properties were damaged in the incident.

“An investigation into the incident is underway,” reads the army’s statement.

“There are already feet on the ground to assess the extent of the damage, provide aid and rebuild homes.”

Alexander Gusev, governor of the Voronezh region, says some of the residents of the town have been provided with temporary accommodation.

However, this is not the first time that Russia has mistakenly launched an attack on its own territory. In April last year, the Russian army admitted that one of its warplanes accidentally dropped a bomb on its own city of Belgorod, near the border with Ukraine, which caused an explosion.

On Tuesday, Russia’s military had to shoot down rockets near Belgorod that Ukraine had launched. The attack was launched at 12:00, but was stopped thanks to anti-aircraft systems.

Belgorod has been targeted by Ukraine for months and was hit by an unprecedented attack last week that resulted in 25 deaths.

Ukraine’s attack on the area comes hours after Russia launched an attack on Ukraine’s city of Kiev and Kharkiv. Five people died.

According to Ukrainian authorities in Kiev, an elderly woman died and 27 were hospitalized after the airstrikes hit several buildings. The attacks also caused fires in a shopping centre, market and houses.

At least 250,000 people in Kiev are without power due to the attack.

More deaths and several injuries were reported in Kharkiv after rockets damaged a multi-storey building.

Tuesday’s attacks follow a sudden escalation in the war between Russia and Ukraine.

Volodymyr Zelenski, president of Ukraine, said in his New Year’s message to citizens that Russia will feel the “wrath” of his country’s forces this year.

His Russian counterpart, pres. Vladimir Putin did not refer to Ukraine in his New Year’s speech, but pledged to intensify attacks on military targets in Ukraine.