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MOSCOW — Russia’s large-scale war games have been lighting up the internet, after video footage emerged that appeared to show a helicopter inadvertently launching rockets toward vehicles parked at a military training range in western Russia.

Russian news websites posted video clips Tuesday said to be filmed during Zapad, a series of joint military drills that Russia and neighboring Belarus have held over the past week. The footage appears to show a Ka-52 attack helicopter firing air-to-ground rockets toward a group of vehicles, including a military truck and civilian cars.

Footage posted by the news site 66.ru showed the rockets landing close to the military truck.

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