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Kyiv on Saturday accused Russia of officially drawing Minsk into the war after missiles were fired at Ukraine from outside of Belarus.
The Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine stated that “a massive missile and bomb strike was carried out” after the launch of 12 cruise missiles from 6 aircraft.
Russia staked on Belarus in the run-up to the invasion and after his first failure to take Kyiv as a base for resupplying and regrouping his troops. But for the first time since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February. On January 24, rockets were fired from the territory of Belarus.
The agency said the missiles were fired by Tu-22M3 warplanes, which are long-range supersonic jet bombers developed by Russia and first used during its war in Afghanistan in the 1980s.
According to intelligence, the bombers took off from the Shaikovka airbase about 190 miles southwest of Moscow. Russian troops then entered Belarusian airspace and fired on Ukrainian targets about 30 miles from the Belarusian border. before returning to Russia.
Another 24 rockets, also fired from Belarus, are reported to have hit Ukrainian military installations near Zhytomyr, less than 90 miles west of Kyiv, the first Ukrainian news outlet, Pravda, reported.
It remains unclear what type of missiles were used and whether Ukraine was hit by Saturday’s strikes.
The areas around Kyiv, Chernihiv and Sumy in the northern regions of Ukraine were attacked, indicating that Russia is once again stepping up its aggression outside of eastern and southern Ukraine.
“Today’s shelling is directly related to the efforts of the Kremlin authorities to draw Belarus into the war in Ukraine as a direct participant,” the security service said in a Facebook post.
Ukraine has repeatedly asked Western countries to send more advanced warplanes to help it deal with advanced aerial bombardments against Russia.