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Military bomber crashes into Russian housing complex, killing 13
Russian news agency Interfax reported on Tuesday that 13 people had died and 19 more were injured when a Russian military bomber crashed into the courtyard of an apartment complex in the Russian vacation town of Yeysk.
According to the news agency, Alexei Kuznetsov, the country’s associate minister of health, confirmed that three children were among the fatalities.
Russia’s Defense Ministry reported that on Monday, the jet crashed into the grounds of the apartment complex after the pilots ejected over the town, which is located a few hundred kilometers across the Sea of Azov from Ukraine. There was no mention of how many people had to evacuate.
The military ministry released a statement calling the incident an “accident,” explaining that the pilot was practicing takeoff in the SU-34 aircraft when the engine caught fire.
The roar of sirens can be heard in the background of an NBC News-verified video showing the structure engulfed in flames following the incident.
The Kremlin said on its Telegram channel that President Vladimir Putin was informed of the incident and dispatched officials from his Cabinet and the local government to address the matter.
Putin ordered the Krasnodar territory governor, Veniamin Kondratiev, the head of the Ministry of Emergency Situations, Alexander Kurenkov, and the Health Minister, Mikhail Murashko, “to fly to the scene of the incident to provide all the necessary assistance to the victims” according to the message.
The Russian military’s primary investigative body, the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation, announced on its official Telegram channel that it had opened an investigation into the crash and dispatched criminologists and investigators to the scene to determine “the circumstances and causes of the incident.” In addition, it claimed to have initiated a criminal investigation without further clarification. Read more: Bob Williams Nasa Engineer: an Old Interview With a Nasa Medalist Who Spent $50,000 on Crack Becomes Viral
There was no obvious evidence that Kyiv was involved in the disaster, despite its proximity to Ukraine, where a conflict has been going on since the Russian invasion on February 24. Ukraine’s Defense Ministry and the Ukrainian Armed Forces representative did not immediately return our calls seeking comment.
Since the beginning of the invasion, The Associated Press reports that this is the tenth non-combat crash of a Russian warplane.
Since the conflict broke out, several mysterious fires have broken up in Russian-occupied areas of Ukraine and within Ukrainian territory. According to a June story in the Russian newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda, a major blaze broke out at a military recruitment center in Russia. In June, local Russian news outlet RZN reported that a warehouse with optical, thermal, and night vision equipment had burned down. According to Tass, a Russian news outlet, an explosion at a military facility occurred in the country’s east in May. Read more: Humboldt State Murder Suspect’s $776,300 Award Overturned
Ammunition storage facilities, military structures, and communication infrastructure have all been affected by mysterious events in recent months.
CORRECTION (Thursday, 4:20 pm EST, October 17, 2022) Misleading information about which Russian agency reported the crash’s death and injury toll previously appeared in this article. Not the Defense Ministry but the regional operations headquarters for the Krasnodar Territory.
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