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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

3 Killed in Accidents at Victory Festivities




At least three people were killed and more than 20 injured in accidents during Sunday's Victory Day celebrations, with two separate mishaps striking during events staged by the army in Budyonnovsk, in southern Russia.


First, dozens of the town's residents watched in disbelief and shock as local army officers carried away a comrade accidentally stabbed to death during an exhibition of hand-to-hand fighting.


An officer of the 205th Motorized Infantry Brigade miscalculated his movements and stabbed his camouflaged sparring partner, a duty officer with the local police unit said.


Later in the day, 24 spectators were injured by faulty fireworks set up by the Budyonnovsk military, the police officer said. A crowd had gathered to watch on the main square when one of the devices exploded, he said.


At least four of those injured remained in critical condition Monday, he said.


The brigade was stationed in Budyonnovsk after the June 1995 hostage-taking raid by Chechen guerrilla leader Shamil Basayev.


Also on Sunday, a resident of Stavropol region's Kurskaya village, in southern Russia, was killed by a flare fired by an Interior Ministry serviceman, police said.


On the same day, two drunken residents of the provincial capital of Stavropol attacked a military patrol.


The patrolmen had to fire at the two intoxicated attackers, who turned out to be brothers, said a duty officer with the local military prosecutor's office.


The officer said both were wounded in the legs.


In Yelizovo on the Kamchatka peninsula in the Far East, a 9-year-old boy died soon after a parachutist landed on him during a Victory Day event.


The boy was standing in the crowd watching the parachutists' exhibition when one was blown from the designated landing area by strong winds, local police said.


No casualties were reported in Moscow during the Sunday celebrations, police said. A duty officer for the Interior Ministry's St. Petersburg branch said Monday there were no accidents registered in Russia's second largest city on Sunday.