At least seven private residential houses in the village of Petropavlovka in Russia’s Voronezh region were damaged when a Russian military aircraft accidentally dropped an aviation munition over a Russian village.
The Russian Defense Ministry said that on January 2 at about 9 a.m. local time, “an unscheduled release of an aviation munition occurred,” during a Russian Air Force flight, wrote RIA Novosti.
“At around 9:00 a.m. on January 2, while an Air Force plane was flying over the village of Petropavlovka in the Voronezh Region, there was an emergency release of aviation munitions,” Russia’s Defense Ministry said in a statement.
It added that no one was killed or injured in the resulting explosion caused by the release, but said at least six privately owned buildings had been damaged.
“An investigation is underway into the circumstances of the incident. A commission is working on-site to assess the nature of the damage and assist in the restoration of buildings,” the Defense Ministry’s statement continued.
Videos and photos posted on social media showed the explosion’s aftermath, with a large crater having been formed in the village, multiple buildings destroyed and debris strewn throughout the area.
The explosion in Petropavlovka comes as Russia on Tuesday launched missile attacks against Ukrainian cities, killing at least four people and injuring dozens more.
Petropavlovka lies some 150 kilometers east of Russia’s border with Ukraine.