The UK intelligence services have indicated that the damage allegedly suffered by a russian military plane that remained stationed in Belarus “will further limit” Russian air operations in the framework of the invasion of Ukraine.
“The claim of authorship and damages have not been officially corroborated. However, the loss of a A-50 Mainstay would be significant, since it is crucial for Russian air operations to give an aerial image of the battlefield”, they have indicated, according to a series of messages published by the British Ministry of Defense through its website.
“This will probably leave six A-50 operational, which will further limit Russian air operations,” they have pointed out, before highlighting that the apparatus serves as a “control platform” and “early warning”. “His role is to create a recognizable aerial image and coordinate the attached combat aircraft,” he explained.
They have also stated that the plane was located by “non-professional aircraft observers” after it participated in joint maneuvers between January 16 and February 1, while they have highlighted that the opposition Association of Security Forces of Belarus (BYPOL) indicated on Monday that it had been behind the incident and caused damage to the A-50.
The leader of the BYPOL, Alexander Azarov, affirmed that “the participants in the operation are Belarusians” and detailed that the plane was hit by several explosions in its front and center parts. “The damage is serious, the plane will not fly anywhere,” the organization said.
For his part, the dictator of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenkohas not made direct mention of what happened, although he met on Monday with several high-ranking officials of the State, including the Ministers of Defense and the Interior, Viktor Khrenin and Ivan Kubrakovrespectively, to which he has asked to intensify the “discipline”.
Russia and Belarus They have been jointly participating in various military exercises in recent months. Although Minsk has not been directly involved in the Ukrainian conflict, it allows the Russian side to use its territory as a base of operations.
According to reports from a Belarusian opposition groupa Russian spy planevalued at about $330 million, was destroyed in a drone strike near Minsk, the capital of Belarus.
Belarusian opposition members in exile said they destroyed in a secret mission a military spy planecalled A-50U of Vladimir Putin.
The operation would have been carried out with two unmanned aerial vehicles, which left the country, according to what he stated. Frank Viacorkaa close adviser to the opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya.
According to the report, both the front parts and the central part of the plane AWACS Beriev A-50Uand the radar antenna, were destroyed by the explosion.
The plane would have fallen at the air base of machulishchynearly minskaccording to the Belarusian anti-government organization BYPOL.
“The partisans… confirmed a successful special operation to blow up a rare Russian plane at the Machulishchy airfield near Minsk,” Viacorka posted on his Twitter account.
“This is the most successful diversion since the beginning of 2022,” he added.
(With information from Europa Press)
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