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On Monday, a large crowd of military observers and more than 100 journalists, including The Washington Post, were present at the exercises, along with President Vladimir Putin.

Russia's week-long Zapad military exercises went disastrously wrong either Monday or Sunday when one of the helicopters fired several missiles at audience members, The Moscow Times reports.

They also didn't reveal where or when the incident took place, and denied it took place during the ongoing war games.

The report said a C-8 rocket was sacked accidentally while the Ka-52 helicopter was traveling at 120 miles per hour at an altitude of 150 feet.

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The incident occurred during the Zapad military drills, and the specific location of it is believed to be near St Petersburg.

"At least two cars burned down, two people were seriously injured, they are now hospitalized", the source said.

The military said the incident was caused by the failure of the helicopter's targeting system.

The ministry confirmed that a truck was damaged, although insisted that nobody was hurt.

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A source told the website: "They flew to the target, there were 500 metres left, on the mission on the combat path, the weapons chains were switched on, they turned on, but there something was shortened, and the missiles descended".

The Defense Ministry denial cited September 18, a different day that the claimed incident in the NTV report. A video of eyewitnesses was published, where during the training there was an inefficient launch of air-to-surface missiles from KA-52 Alligator helicopter, which hit the equipment and people. The Zapad exercises, conducted jointly with Belarus, have discomforted Moscow's neighbors in the Baltic States and Poland who, following the Kremlin's invasion of Ukraine in 2014, see them as a threat.

"Indeed this year the president's schedule did not allow him to participate in the General Assembly session, and he does not take part every year".

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