Belarusian partisans have destroyed Vladimir Putin’s £274 million spy plane using two drones at a Russian airbase near to Minsk in Belarus.
According to the Belarusian Hajun project, the AWACS Beriev A-50U was “significantly damaged” and the avionics and radar antennae were hit and the front and central parts were hit in the drone attack.
At the Machulishchi military base where Russian aircraft and forces are built up close to the Ukrainian border, several explosions were heard.
Belarusian security forces claim that they had found a bag near to where the explosions took place which contained drone equipment.
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The Russian AWACS Beriev A-50U aircraft was used to target bombings inside Ukraine which was “actively employed” to “accomplishing missions in the special operation”, a defence industry source told TASS.
Aliaksandr Azarov, head of the Belarusian anti-government organisation, BYPOL Association of Belarus partisans, told Belsat, “These were drones.
“The participants of the operation were Belarusians, taking part in the ‘Peramoga’ [Belarus for Victory) plan.
“They are now safely outside the country. They have all gone.
“[The Belarus security services] may keep looking for them but they will have the same luck as searching for wind in a field.”
Azarov added, “When we plan actions, we choose many different objects, and everything depends on opportunities, intelligence.
“There were enough options, but they saw that this plane was almost not guarded, so they chose this object.
“They just relaxed. Previously, soldiers guarded all airfields, even dug trenches. Now they walk peacefully: they think they have all been suppressed.”
Belarus exiled opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya said, “I am proud of all Belarusians who continue to resist the Russian hybrid occupation of Belarus & fight for the freedom of Ukraine.”
Franak Viacorka, a close adviser of Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya tweeted, “Partisans… confirmed a successful special operation to blow up a rare Russian plane at the airfield in Machulishchy near Minsk.
“This is the most successful diversion since the beginning of 2022.”
A local resident said, “Half of Machulishchi is cordoned off. Lots of soldiers everywhere. We saw five military vehicles with machine guns. They are stopping all cars and minibuses there, checking bags and car boots.”