How do Russian helicopters ‘accidentally’ fired at innocent people?
Well, the Russians are claiming it was a ‘technical glitch’, during the country’s war-games. First of all, these war games are just preparation for any possible attack on the US or our allies.
Two missiles exploded in the faces of the Russian public and a group of journalists.
The war games are a part of Zapad 2017.
“Zapad 2017 is a large-scale joint military exercise of Russia and Belarus that raised concerns in neighboring European countries as a potential threat to regional security. 12,700 troops are officially said to be participating, together with some 140 tanks, up to 150 artillery and air defence units and more than 40 planes and helicopters.”
But Russian officials are playing this off as a media stunt.
“[A]ll social media messages about ’rounds on a crowd of journalists,’ ‘a large number of seriously wounded’ are either a deliberate provocation or someone’s personal stupidity. [Video footage] recorded an event that occurred at another time, when army aviation helicopter crews practiced ground attacks as part of a tactical exercise.”
But this seemed more than just a flex of war power. So the US took precautions in the area.
“As part of the same drills, Russia on Monday said it had successfully test fired a ballistic missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, hitting a target at a firing range in Kazakhstan about 480 km (300 miles) away.
Moscow says it is the West that threatens stability in eastern Europe because NATO has put a 4,000-strong multinational force in the Baltics and Poland, while the U.S. Army has deployed 600 paratroopers to the Baltics during Zapad.
As a precaution, the United States has also temporarily taken over guardianship of the airspace of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, which lack capable air forces and air defense systems.”