Ukraine accused Russia on Saturday of wanting to “lure” Belarus, a diplomatic ally of Moscow, “into war”, after verifying in the morning that several Russian missiles were launched from Belarusian territory against a region in northern Ukraine.
“Today’s bombing is directly related to the Kremlin’s efforts to draw Belarus into the war in Ukraine as a co-belligerent,” the general directorate of the Ukrainian intelligence services, under the Defense Ministry, said on Telegram.
“Around 0500 in the morning (0200 GMT), a massive missile barrage hit the Chernigov region. Twenty rockets were aimed at the town of Desna, launched from the territory of Belarus. [y también] from the air,” announced the Northern Command of the Ukrainian troops shortly before on Facebook, without mentioning casualties.
According to the Ukrainian army, the bombardments hit “an infrastructure”, but did not provide further information.
According to Ukrainian intelligence, “six Tu-22M3 aircraft launched 12 cruise missiles from the city of Pietrykau” in southern Belarus.
“The bombers took off from the Shaikovka airport, in the Kaluga region (in the west) of Russia”, 270 kilometers north of the Ukrainian border, he said.
“Then they entered Belarusian airspace. They launched the missiles and returned to Russia,” he said.
In addition to Desna, Russian forces hit targets “in the kyiv and Sumy (northeast) regions.”
Desna, a small town of 7,500 inhabitants before the war, is 70 km north of kyiv and the same distance south of the border with Belarus.
The attack occurs before the meeting this Saturday between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Belarusian counterpart, Alexander Lukashenko, in Saint Petersburg.
Although not involved in the conflict with Ukraine, Belarus has provided logistical support to Moscow’s troops, especially in the first weeks of the Russian offensive.
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