Images recorded from a drone show the alleged Russian spy plane that anti-government activists would have destroyed in their country in an attack days ago on the outskirts of Minsk.
The video, released by Anton Gerashchenko, an adviser to the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, reflects how the device goes around the base apparently without being detected and captures the image of the target plane.
“A full video surfaced showing an unknown drone, presumably of Belarusian partisans, flying around the Machulishchi airfield.”, described the official.
The drone crosses the runway and comes to rest on the suspected Russian plane before taking off again, crossing the runway and leaving the base, which would confirm that Belarusian opponents could access the area and carry out attacks.
The leader of the Belarusian anti-government organization BYPOL claimed on Sunday that the Belarusians had used a drone to carry out the attack. As Aliaksandr Azarov stated on Monday, the Belarusian “partisans” would try to carry out more actions in the future, he provided no evidence that the group was behind the attack on the Machulishchi airbase.
The aircraft, a Beriev A-50, has the NATO reporting name of Mainstay and is an airborne early warning aircraft with command and control capabilities and the ability to track up to 60 targets at a time. According to the partisans, the ship is valued at more than 300 million dollars and British intelligence reported that it is a heavy blow for Putin’s forces. “The loss of an A-50 Mainstay would be significantas it is crucial for Russian air operations to give an aerial picture of the battlefield,” the British Ministry of Defense said.
Franak Viacorka, an adviser to Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, wrote on Twitter that the drones had damaged the front and center parts of the A-50 jet, including the aircraft’s radar antenna and avionics. The two people who carried out the attack are now safely outside of Belarus, he added.
Belarus has allowed Russia to use its territory to launch attacks against Ukraine, but has so far refrained from getting directly involved in the war.
It has not been possible to independently verify the reported operation and no statement has been made by the Russian military at this time. Faced with the silence of the Kremlin, Minsk dismissed the opposition’s versions. “Given the absence of an official reaction, I am deeply convinced that this is another false [afirmación] aimed at highlighting certain failures in our national security,” Belarusian Deputy Foreign Minister Yuri Ambrazevich told Reuters on the sidelines of the United Nations Conference on Disarmament in Geneva.
“This is the most successful diversion since the beginning of 2022,” Viacorka added.
(With information from Reuters and AFP)
London said damage to a Russian spy plane in Belarus is a heavy blow to Putin’s invasion of Ukraine