A Russian sergeant accidentally detonates a grenade near an ammunition dump, killing three and injuring 16

A bumbling Russian sergeant accidentally detonates a grenade in his dormitory at a munitions dump, resulting in an explosion and massive fire killing three, injuring 16 and missing at least eight

  • Three dead, 16 injured and eight missing after a shell explosion in Russia
  • Local emergency services report carelessness in handling ammunition
  • Fifteen had to be evacuated after the resulting fires grew to 450 m (4,845 sq ft).

Three Russian soldiers were killed and sixteen injured when a sergeant accidentally detonated a shell near an ammunition depot in Belgorod, Russia.

Russian news agencies reported on Sunday that the blast happened at a converted cultural center near the Ukrainian border, used to store ammunition and house Russian soldiers.

A source with the local emergency services said: “The main cause of the explosion is careless handling of ammunition.

Pro-Russian force with a rocket-propelled grenade in Mariupol, Ukraine, May 2022. Explosives have been a staple of Russia's campaign in Ukraine since last year.

Pro-Russian force with a rocket-propelled grenade in Mariupol, Ukraine, May 2022. Explosives have been a staple of Russia’s campaign in Ukraine since last year.

Abandoned ammunition boxes in the Kharkiv region of eastern Ukraine in September 2022

Abandoned ammunition boxes in the Kharkiv region of eastern Ukraine in September 2022

Emergency services told Interfax that a sergeant accidentally detonated an RGD-5 anti-personnel grenade in the dormitories of the building adjacent to the weapons storage room, causing an explosion and a fire that grew to 4,843 square feet (450 square meters).

Independent online news agency Baza claimed the sergeant picked up the grenade to establish authority in front of his subordinates.

Fifteen people had to evacuate from nearby buildings in the village of Tonenkoye when the blast sparked fires, and eight soldiers have been missing since Sunday night.

Other sources said the officer was a “senior sergeant” and platoon commander.

Telegram channels 112 and Baza, which are linked to Russian law enforcement, said the dead and injured were conscripts called up to fight in Ukraine as part of a mobilization campaign.

When exactly the incident occurred, the reports were not told.

The Belgorod region borders northeastern Ukraine, where the city of Kharkiv has been the target of multiple Russian missile attacks since Ukraine’s invasion last February.

In October, a gunman opened fire on one of several military bases in the Belgorod region, killing 11 soldiers and injuring 15.

There, fuel and ammunition depots were also rocked by explosions that Moscow described as Ukrainian attacks. Kyiv, without taking responsibility, has called it “karma” for Russia’s invasion.

Telegram channel 112, a news channel following incidents in Russia, wrote that a criminal case had been opened after the incident.

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