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War in Ukraine: Belarus claims Ukrainian anti-aircraft missile crashed on its soil

War in Ukraine: Belarus claims Ukrainian anti-aircraft missile crashed on its soil

A Ukrainian anti-aircraft missile crashed Thursday, December 29 in Belarus, said the authorities of this former Soviet republic allied with Russia and supporting its offensive against Ukraine.

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This is the first incident of this type reported by Minsk since the start of the Russian offensive in Ukraine more than ten months ago, and while Belarus serves as a rear base for Russian forces.

The missile launched by an S-300 air defense system “from Ukrainian territory” fell Thursday morning on Belarusian territory, according to a statement released by the Ministry of Defense. “The Head of State was immediately informed of the incident”, underlines the press release, specifying that the Ministry of Defense and the Belarusian Investigative Committee are in the process of establishing the causes.

“Two main tracks” are under study

“Two Main Tracks” are under study : either the missile deviated from its trajectory, mistakenly falling into Belarus, or it was shot down by the Belarusian anti-aircraft defense. A Telegram account close to the authorities, picked up by the state news agency Belta, broadcast photos of missile fragments in a field. Authorities said they had no information about any injuries or damage.

In November, the fall of a missile on a Polish village, which had killed two people, had raised fears that NATO was drawn into the conflict because Poland is protected by a collective defense commitment from the Atlantic Alliance. Ukraine accused Russia, but according to the West and Moscow, the missile in question a priori came from a Ukrainian anti-aircraft defense system that had deviated from its trajectory.

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