Russian forces wound up bombing their own occupied territory in Ukraine in a botched attack Friday, Ukrainian officials alleged.
The Russians reportedly meant to drop the explosives at the Ukrainian-held right bank of the Dnipro River, a military spokesperson said.
Russian state media said 15 people were hurt — and blamed the strike on Ukrainian forces.
Russian forces battling Ukraine wound up bombing their own occupied territory in the Eastern European country after they botched an air strike on Friday, Ukrainian officials alleged.
The Russian troops meant to drop the explosives at the Ukrainian-held right bank of the Dnipro River, but instead bombed the Russian-occupied city of Nova Kakhovka, leaving people injured and multiple apartment buildings damaged, said spokesperson for Ukraine's southern command Natalia Humeniuk, according to the Kyiv Independent.
—The Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) September 15, 2023
"In an attempt to deliver another air strike with guided aerial bombs against the Beryslav area" Russian forces "dropped one of the guided aerial bombs on Nova Kakhovka in a residential area, causing damage to several apartment buildings," Humeniuk said, according to the news outlet.
But Russian state-run news outlet RIA Novosti blamed Ukraine military for the explosion, saying it was Kyiv's forces that struck the residential area in Nova Kakhovka, leaving 15 people injured.
—NEXTA (@nexta_tv) September 15, 2023
Ukrainian news outlet Suspilne reported that four buildings were damaged in the bombing.
In the past day, attacks in the Kherson region have injured six residents and killed a child, according to Kherson regional governor Oleksandr Prokudin, the Independent reported.
In June, Ukraine launched its counteroffensive in Russia's war against the country to reclaim Russian-occupied territory in the east and south, but it's been slow going so far.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy recently admitted Kyiv started the counteroffensive too late, giving Moscow ample time to plant countless land mines on Ukrainian soil. However, Ukrainian troops have seen small bits of progress along the front in recent weeks.
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