A Russian former ballerina has accidentally given away military secrets after complaining about an alleged Ukrainian drone strike near a military base close to her house.
Anastasia Volochkova became famous after she was sacked by the Bolshoi Ballet for being too fat and then won a court battle forcing them to reinstate her. She went on to become an online influencer.
But she drew criticism for apparently helping Ukraine after complaining about a loud bang caused by an explosion from an apparent attack on a military base nearby on 30th May.
Posting a video about the incident, she said: “Oh, good people, two hours ago I woke up from such terrible explosions. We have this military unit right next to us, right in Nikolo-Uryupino.”
She later deleted the video, but by then, it had already been widely shared.
On one telegram channel, she was thanked by a group that said they were able to work out exactly where the military base was.
They wrote: “Thanks to her data, we have established that Volochkova’s house is located at a distance of 1.5 km [0.9 miles] from the Russian military unit 11105-2 (engineering battalion, archive), stationed at the address: Moscow region, Inzhenerny-1.).”
In the past, Anastasia has been outspoken against the annexation of Crimea to Russia in 2014, and stated that, for her, Crimea would always be a part of Ukraine.
However, she apparently changed her mind and now supports Russia in the war in Ukraine.