The Zyabrovka [Зябраўка] airfield in belarus is a place of direct threat for Ukraine in view of the fact that it can become a rather convenient tactical base for the russian aviation, attack jets in the first place, and is also known for hosting S-300 and S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems, that the russians use for shelling Ukrainian cities.
Thanks to the publicly available and quite detailed satellite images provided by Planet Labs, taken on January 4, we have an opportunity to investigate the situation at this air base.
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At the beginning of January belarusian sources noticed that the airfield was being prepared for the reception of aviation: the runway was cleared, but now it is covered with snow again.
The embankments for radars, which can also host S-300 and S-400 air defense missile systems, remain empty, too.
Three pieces of special equipment with antenna masts have seen no movement since June 2022. Unfortunately, it was impossible to identify these objects, but presumably those are signal intelligence or electronic warfare stations.
A few more unidentified vehicles are located in the northern part of the field. But they also have not changed their position for more than half a year already.
However, in the middle part of the base, we can see new equipment deployed onto the embankment that was empty in October last year. There were as well several personnel spotted nearby, and they were involved with some equipment.
Very carefully, we can assume that those are the S-300/400 air defense systems based on the size of the objects.
A bit to the south, there is still that piece of military equipment with a characteristic station and a mast. If we compare the picture with images of the same location released previously, we can see there was a relocation of the vehicles in this area.
In conclusion, as we see there is still activity going on at the Zyabrovka airfield, new personnel are involved and new weapon platforms are created. The chance of it being used for further missile strikes on Ukraine is quite high. On the other hand, the possibility of it becoming a host base for russian military jet aircraft remains low, although it may still be used by army aviation – transport and attack helicopters.
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