​Ukraine’s Defense Intelligence: Russia Want to Involve Belarus in War Against Ukraine Using Missile Attack From its Territory

Tu-22M3 bombers are usually equipped with Kh-22 missiles. These aircraft has been repeatedly reported to carry out air raids in Ukraine / Photo credit: Defense View
Tu-22M3 bombers are usually equipped with Kh-22 missiles. These aircraft has been repeatedly reported to carry out air raids in Ukraine / Photo credit: Defense View

The missile attack on Ukraine from the territory of Belarus on Saturday morning is a large-scale provocation by Russia aimed at further involvement of Belarus in the war against Ukraine, it was the first time when airstrikes were launched against Ukraine directly from the territory of Belarus

That is according the Defense Intelligence of the Defense Ministry of Ukraine statement made on its official page on Facebook.

"On the night of June 25, a mass missile attack was mounted on the territory of Ukraine. In particular, the Russian aircraft operated directly from the territory of Belarus. Six Tu-22M3 aircraft were used to launch twelve X-22 cruise missiles. The attacks were mounted from the district near the town of Petrikov, not far from Mozyr, approximately 50-60 kilometers from the state border of Ukraine. The aircraft took off from the Shaykovka Airport in Kaluga region, Russia. They crossed the territories of Kaluga and Smolensk regions and entered the air space of Belarus," it said.

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Latest missile strikes “large-scale provocation” by Russia to draw Belarus into war, Defense Express
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Having launched the missiles, the aircraft returned to the Shaykovka Airport in the territory of Russia, the intelligence agency said, adding that the attacks were targeted at Kyiv, Chernihiv, and Sumy regions.

"This was the first case of launching an airstrike on Ukraine directly from the territory of Belarus. Today's attack was directly connected with the attempts of the Kremlin authorities to involve Belarus in the war against Ukraine as a full participant," it said.

Soviet-era Kh-22 missile is now used in Ukraine as russia started to reduce its high-precision missiles spending / Illustrative photo credit: Deagel, Defense Express
Soviet-era Kh-22 missile is now used in Ukraine as russia started to reduce its high-precision missiles spending / Illustrative photo credit: Deagel

On June 25 at night, the Russian army mounted a massive missile attack on several regions of Ukraine, Russia resumed attacks using Iskander missiles from the territory of Belarus, and for the first time used Tu-22M3 long-range bombers from the air space of Belarus, the Command of the Air Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine has said.

"In general, more than 50 various missiles were fired from air, sea and ground locations. For the first time the enemy used Tu-22M3 long-range bombers to attack Ukraine from the territory of Belarus. Also, it has resumed the use of Iskander missile systems from the territory of this country," it said on Facebook.

As Defense Express reported, according to the person who is in charge to defend Ukraine's capital, Belarus is unlikely to invade Ukraine but the possibility can’t be ruled out.

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