On Saturday morning Belarus launched co-ordinated missile strikes with Russian forces into Ukraine the Ukrainian intelligence agency announced today.
The missile attack on Ukraine from Belarus on Saturday morning was a large-scale provocation by Russia aimed with further involvement of Belarus in the Ukraine war.
The Main Intelligence Agency of the Defense Ministry of Ukraine said this was the first time airstrikes were launched against Ukraine directly from Belarus.
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The intelligence agency said, “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.”
Russia also launched around 30 missiles at Zhytomyr region leaving one serviceman dead and another one injured.
The head of Zhytomyr Regional Military Administration Vitaliy Bunechko said on Saturday morning, “Today, like on the first day of the full-scale invasion, starting from 4:15 a.m., the enemy again mounted missile attacks on Zhytomyr region.
“This time around 30 missiles were fired against the region. One serviceman was killed, one injured.”
Zhytomyr Mayor Serhiy Sukhomlyn said that military facilities around the city were also attacked by Belarus who fired 24 missiles.
The Mayor said, “I cannot comment on where, how, and whether there are casualties. This is our military administration’s task. Everything is calm in Zhytomyr.”
Sukhomlyn added that the Belarusian Presiden Alexander Lukashenko “is doing zigzags in front of Putin, his own army, and the West, but today we have seen that Belarus participates in the war like Russia.”
The Russian intelligence agency said, having launched the missiles, the aircraft returned back to Shaykovka Airport in Russia, they added, the attacks were targeted at Kyiv, Chernihiv, and Sumy regions.
They said, “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.”