A barrage of missiles was launched from Belarus on Saturday as Kyiv accused Moscow of dragging Minsk into the war, even though Belarus was officially away from the conflict.
Around 5 am on June 25, 20 rockets targeted the village of Desna in the Chernihiv region of northern Ukraine, according to military headquarters in northern Ukraine. The bombing damaged the infrastructure and no casualties were reported.
“Today’s strike is directly related to the Kremlin’s efforts to bring Belarus into the war in Ukraine as a co-belligerence,” said Ukrainian intelligence.
Desna is located about 43 miles north of Kyiv, at a similar distance from the Belarusian border, and is a village with a population of about 7,500.
The rocket was launched from the ground and the air. After taking off from a Russian air force base, six bombers launched 12 cruise missiles from the Belarusian town of Pietrykaŭ. Russian troops also attacked targets in the Kieu and Sumy regions. This is the first time since the invasion from Belarusian territory.
“According to the latest figures, a record number of missiles were launched by Russia in Ukraine tonight and morning. More than 60. Many were launched from the territory of Belarus. They were Kieu, Riviu and Jitomil. Targeted the regions of Chelnyhiu, Humerinwiziquii, Doniplo, Mikolive and Harukiu, “said journalist Olga Tokariuk. Twitter post Saturday.
The Epoch Times is seeking comment from the Russian Ministry of Defense.
Belarus remains a strong ally of Russia, with widespread criticism and sanctions from Western nations after the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24. The country has provided logistical support to Russian troops, primarily during the early days of the invasion.
A recent strike took place when Russian President Vladimir Putin met with a Belarusian correspondent and met with his ally Alexander Lukashenko in St. Petersburg on Saturday. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will also visit Belarus on June 30th and July 1st.
Lukashenko’s authoritarian regime, a strong supporter of Russia, has ruled Belarus since 1994. He accused Ukraine of promoting “Nazism to the ranks of national ideology,” a general claim to justify the country’s aggression.
With Putin’s support, Lukashenko remained the longest-sitting European president and was able to overcome his challenge to domination. Lukashenko demanded that his country be part of the resolution of the Ukrainian War.
“This morning, a sneaky attack [Ukraine] Was executed by [Russian] Armies from Belarusian territory, both from the Army and the Air Force. Russian bombers that have not invaded Ukrainian airspace have bombed cities in the Zhytomyr and Chernihiv regions. Does Lucashenka show his loyalty before meeting Putin today? Franak Viacorka Twitter post..
Viacorka is an adviser to Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, Lukashenko’s main opposition leader, who was forced to leave Belarus and live in Poland after the 2020 presidential election. Official results gave Lukashenko a majority, but there were widespread fraud allegations. Lukashenko suppressed subsequent protests.
According to Ukrainian intelligence, Saturday’s missile strike was launched using a long-range supersonic Tu-22M3 jet bomber. In total, 48 cruise missiles were said to have been launched into Ukraine. Mihairo PodriakAdvisor to President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky.