russia launched massive missile attack to draw Belarus into war with Ukraine – intelligence

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A massive missile attack launched by russian warplanes on Ukraine from the Belarusian airspace is part of a large-scale provocation to draw Belarus into the war with Ukraine even further, the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine said in a statement.

“In particular, russian bombers operated directly from the territory of Belarus. For this purpose, six Tu-22M3 aircraft were involved, which launched 12 X-22 cruise missiles. The launch line is the area of ​​the town of Petrykov, not far from Mozyr, approximately 50-60 kilometers from the state border of Ukraine. The bombers took off from the Shaykovka airfield in russia’s Kaluga region. Then, through the territory of Kaluga and Smolensk regions, they entered the airspace of Belarus. After launching the missiles, they returned to Shaykovka airfield in russia. The blow was inflicted on Kyiv, Chernihiv, and Sumy regions,” the intelligence agency reported.

The agency notes that this is the first case of an air strike on Ukraine directly launched from Belarusian territory. “Today’s shelling is directly related to the kremlin’s efforts to involve Belarus as a party to the war against Ukraine,” the intelligence service said.

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