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Belarus protests to Ukraine after downing stray air defence missile

After claiming that it had destroyed a Ukrainian S-300 missile defense systems in a field, Belarus protested to Ukraine’s ambassador on Thursday, 29 December. This occurred during one of Russia’s most serious aerial attacks on Ukraine.

Oleg Konovalov, the military commissar for Brest, played down the incident in a social media video posted by the BelTA media agency. He stated that there was no reason for locals to be concerned. These things can happen.

He compared the incident to another that took place in November, when an S-300 believed to have strayed from being fired at by Ukrainian air defenses , , and landed onto NATO-member Poland’s soil, raising concerns about an escalation. However, it was quickly defused.

However, the formal protest was filed against the decision of the Ukrainian ambassador. He was summoned by Minsk’s foreign minister.


Anatoly Glaz spokeswoman for Belarus and stated that the incident had been taken seriously by the Belarussian side.

“We demanded Ukraine to conduct an extensive investigation…” “Hold those responsible accountable, and take extensive steps to prevent similar incidents from occurring again.”

According to the Ukrainian defense ministry, experts from other countries are welcome to examine the incident it claims resulted in the repelling a “barbaric” Russian missile attack on civilian targets.


A statement was released by the ministry stating that the Ukrainian side is open to conducting an objective investigation into Ukraine.

It said that Russia could launch cruise missiles from a route that could be intercepted and that it did not rule out such a provocation.

The Ukrainian military spokesperson confirmed that the missile was indeed a stray. The Ukrainian military spokesperson stated that the incident was “nothing extraordinary, a result air defense” and that it had happened “more than once”.

Both Russia and Ukraine have the Soviet-era S-300 air defence system.

According to Belarus, the missile was observed near Harbacha in Brest region, approximately 15 kms (9 miles) from the border with Ukraine at 10.30 a.m (0700 GMT).

According to the Belarus defense ministry, fragments were found in an agricultural field. The wreckage was part of an S-300 anti-aircraft missile guided ballistic missile that was fired from Ukraine’s territory.

The missile lost its time as it launched its latest missile attack against cities in Ukraine. According to the defense ministry, more than 18 residential buildings were destroyed and 10 infrastructure targets were struck in 10 regions.

BelTA published photos and video of parts of S-300 missiles found in unoccupied fields.

In February, Belarus granted Moscow permission to invade Ukraine from its territory. There has been increasing Russian and Belarusian military activities within Belarus since then.

Minsk insists it isn’t involved in the war, and will not participate unless its security or that of Ukraine’s Western allies is threatened.

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