Fire at Russian military research facility kills six, injures dozens

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At least six people died and more than two dozen others were injured when a fire broke out at a military research center in Tver, a town about 110 miles northwest of Moscow.

The Russian Defense Ministry was conducting research on anti-aircraft systems and other air and space weapons at the facility, which housed the Central Research Institute of the Aerospace Defense Forces.

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Videos posted on social media showed heavy smoke billowing from windows and helicopters dropping water or another fire retardant on the flames.

Russian state media TASS reported that the fire was likely caused by the building’s old wiring.

The fire comes nearly two months after the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

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The Kremlin has repositioned its forces in recent weeks, withdrawing from the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv and focusing its efforts on the eastern region of the country.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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