"It's All Fun & War-Games" In Russia, Until...

Tyler Durden's picture

Amid Russia's largest wargames yet, with over 100,000 taking part in "Zapad 2017" according to NATO, independent news site Fontanka.ru has released footage of a rather shocking event.

Reuters reports that a military helicopter on a rural training exercise in western Russia mistakenly fired rockets at a group of parked vehicles, knocking at least one person to the ground, footage posted by Russian news sites and on social media showed.

The clip below shows a helicopter firing a salvo of rockets at a military truck covered in camouflage netting in open countryside, with three vehicles with no military markings visible, parked a few meters away. A man in civilian clothes who had been standing close to the truck was engulfed in a cloud of dust. The person filming the clip, who was slightly further away, could be seen sprawled on the ground.

The Russian Defence Ministry’s western military district, in a statement cited by Interfax news agency, said that during a training exercise a helicopter’s targeting system had mistakenly acquired a target, but denied anyone had been injured.

The representative cited by Interfax did not say when the incident happened, or where, or if the exercise was part of the “Zapad-2017” war games.

“As a result of a strike by an unguided rocket, a cargo vehicle with no people on board was damaged,” Interfax quoted a representative of the military district as saying.

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Manthong's picture


Accidents will happen when you are playing games with explosives and missiles.

The_Juggernaut's picture

lmfao!  Sucks when you try to put on a show for NATO and it turns into a comedy.

Yars Revenge's picture

Russia would defeat NATO in a war.

BlindMonkey's picture

NATO would defeat NATO in a war.  Russia would just standby and watch.


(I was driving around St. Petersburg this spring and marveling at the geography.  Dense forests, marshes and rivers.  There is a reason Russia keeps their tanks @ about 45 tons.  The M1 and Leopard wouldn't be able to move there.)

Laowei Gweilo's picture

In Mother Russia, games war you !

yomutti2's picture

Ha, the Russian military is so incompetent!


NATO would obviously take them easily.


ACP's picture

Rumor has it the pilot's name was Ivan "Hair Trigger" McCainski.

Truthoutthere's picture

And the car he hit was a Subaru Forrester

barndoor's picture

The truck was "damaged".  Pretty serious understatement.  Like saying the guy walking toward the truck felt a sudden need to go to the bathroom....

Hugh_Jorgan's picture

Nah, pilots probably just half crocked. I've heard that Russian a good portion of their armed forces are drunk much of the time. Of course, I mean "drunk" in by Western standards. By Russian standards, "drunk" means just short of dead of alcohol poisoning, outside of that is just having a drink or two... (or six).

Truthoutthere's picture

If you're not lying on the floor holding on for dear life you're not really drunk.

Shemp 4 Victory's picture


I've heard that Russian a good portion of their armed forces are drunk much of the time.

Heard that from yomutti the gay Latvian potato troll? You go on better service Lyashko.

ramius's picture

  I wonder where i heard that line before? Oh yeah, 23 iune 1941. It should be written on adolf's toombstone, if he had one. 

Mr 9x19's picture

lmfao!  Sucks when you try to put on a show for NATO and it turns into a comedy.


remember me  recent escort of south korea F15 to defend  f35 & B1B  on Nk borders...
and you talk about comedy .... a plane that can't talk to others and cant fly under rain.

i prefer human apreciation error of target with fully functionnal device instead of eventually a good pilot in a machine that just can't fly strait.


your call...



The Black Bishop's picture

And I still get a fucking laugh out of this one;




Ruski targeting worked! Just didnt get the right target :-P

land_of_the_few's picture

Did you like this one then.

British: Two Killed as U.S. Patriot Shot Down (RAF Tornado) Fighter Jet

CAMP AS SAYLIYAH, Qatar –  A U.S. Patriot missile battery shot down a British Royal Air Force fighter aircraft Sunday near the Iraqi border with Kuwait. The two fliers on board were killed, the British military said.

"procedures and electronic means to identify friendly aircraft and to identify adversary aircraft ... broke down somewhere."


The Black Bishop's picture

Well, I tend to not laugh when people get killed. Nobody got killed in the helicopter "show off" accident except a lot of property got smashed.


But it fits into a long line of fuck ups, thats for sure.


I would be amazed if nobody got killed in the Russian accident now though. That explosion looked too close for comfort for the guy walking towards the vehicles. They might deny it, but I wouldnt be too sure.

BarkingCat's picture

I like it. Dead fucking Brits for a change. How many people did those 2 kill for the crown.

hestroy's picture

Hello my retarded ukro gay friend. Glory to Ukraine! Glory to retards! And now you can go to fuck your father again.

BarkingCat's picture

So a 40 ton vehicle will not sink in a marsh?

Hmmm, I know that American military equipment is not sprinkled with the same magik dust as the Russian ones but I clearly remember 26 ton self propelled howitzers getting stuck in Texas mud after some heavy rain.

King of Ruperts Land's picture

NATO would suffer casualties. I am not sure it is prepared for that. Thus the typical third world or primitive tribesman selected as live fire enemies.

greenskeeper carl's picture

Define "defeat". Would the russians be able to repel a NATO attack? Most likely, but NATO would do the same were Russia to invade.

SoDamnMad's picture

To all Russians reading and writing on this site, in 1970 while I was part of NATO in the Fulda Gap in West Germany facing the Warsaw Pact forces we had no maps of E Germany and no plans to cross the border in the event of a conflict.  It was to delay and defeat an attack into West Germany. The Same is true for all forces in the Baltics Nobody knows or plans for crossing the border into Russia. I have never been into Belarus but would like to visit one day. I have been by train to St. Peterburg and seen the Russian countryside and flown to Novosibirsk. Very much like the country of Europe. No desire to give you our problems or take yours.  Not sure who would want to invade Mother Russia given the defeats of Hitler and Napolean. It certainly won't be NATO.

wileywi11y's picture

Nobody wins in todays mechanized weapons of MASS Destruction Unless you happen to be left alive to do the body count and determine who gets to inherit the scorched earth and piles of rotting corpses...It so sucks to be you dumbass


Rapunzal's picture

WW 3 is to destroy the US, the NWO is killing its host that served so well.
First they gave all manufacturing overseas, then they made America look stupid with 9/11 and subsequent wars. But last move is WW3 and America will lose it. The question is how much Americans will feel guilty about it. We can build up again without NWO. They did a similar thing with Germany by creating WW2, the Germans never recovered from that.

gouyou's picture

Russia would defeat NATO in a war.

And NATO would defeat Russia.


And we would all die.

QEpp's picture

Why would anyone downvote that comment?  It was funny and true.  Is this a Russian state-media site?

Volkodav's picture

       Is it important for you?


BarkingCat's picture

I did not down vote it but I did not find it funny either. Nor truthful.

Actually if you watch the end of the video you can see that the guy filming it is wearing camo pants. It's entirely possible that those guys they got nailed by the helicopters were not civilians but part of the military. 

Even if this was a targeting error and civilians got hit it is not at all unusual.

A staff sergeant in my unit got relieved of command of his howitzer because he fucked up not once but twice within one year. Both times his fuck ups resulted in live rounds landing outside of the base. First time was completely harmless and his round ended up going smack into middle of the lake that borders the base. Second time  his round hit a building. Luckily enough it was not occupied.

 I also remember sleeping wrapped around trees when in the field. Why? Because a convoy of Tanks came through an area that was already occupied by another unit and killed a couple of soldiers by running over the tent. I figured if I'm next to a tree I should be safe because they will see that it and avoid it.

hestroy's picture

Don't worry! You are pretty retarded.

SoDamnMad's picture

Well at least no wedding party was attacked or MSF hospital was destroyed.

abyssinian's picture

blow the load too early? 

DeathingerStar's picture

Russians! Haha. Play HARDSKY!

dark pools of soros's picture

In mother russia, game wars you

rwmctrofholz's picture

Like Joe Peschi said in Goodfellas after killing the smart mouthed kid, "So I'm a good shot."

navy62802's picture

Probably mistook them for range targets.

a Smudge by any other name's picture

General: No one was injured right?

Soldier: what?


Soldier: Sorry sir I can't hear you.

General (to press): No one was injured.

gregga777's picture

Ha, ha. I still can't hear for shit with my right ear.

delacroix's picture

pretty good shot, for an unguided rocket.

political_proxy's picture

good thing he was merely acceptable or that dude would have been corpse dude

gregga777's picture

Russian military training apparently includes realistic examples of "friendly fire" accidents. It teaches everyone to run for cover whenever they hear the "whop-whop-whop" of chopper blades.

King of Ruperts Land's picture

It was "blanks" obviously.

Manipuflation's picture

Somebody go see if the old Avtovaz will start so we get the hell out of here!

Grouchy-Bear's picture

No not shocking! Just a warning shot.... Nothing is safe.... Wanna War?

onmail1's picture

But end is coming to USA

when russian robots decide ur fate


uhland62's picture

Hurry, before they turn NKorea to glass.

Gruntcakes's picture

What were vehicles and people doing so close to a live firing area anyway?