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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Missile Has Near-Miss Landing

A missile fired from a Russian attack jet went astray and slammed into the ground between a nuclear power plant and an apartment complex, injuring one person, news reports said Monday.


The missile landed just 4.5 kilometers from the Novovoronezhskaya Power Station and 200 meters from some apartment buildings Friday in the city of Voronezh, 560 kilometers south of Moscow, the reports said.


"We have repeatedly asked that the missile testing range be moved, but the answer was always negative," Alexander Kovalyov, the regional governor, told Ostankino television.


He said one man was injured, but gave no details.


"Maybe this accident will somehow prompt them to move the range to a more secure place," Kovalyov said.


He said the military told him the missile, which was not identified, had behaved in "an unpredictable manner" after it was fired from an Su-25 attack jet.


Voronezh is a city of about 1 million people.


"Only people completely devoid of common sense" could have put a testing ground near a nuclear power station, said Itar-Tass.