Russia amassing forces in Belarus, could ‘congratulate’ Ukraine on Independence Day with missiles

Russia amassing forces in Belarus, could ‘congratulate’ Ukraine on Independence Day with missiles

Ukraine must be ready for missile strikes from Belarusian territory as the Russians amass weapons there.

"We constantly observe the movement of [Russian] troops in the territory of Belarus, as well as the transportation of ammunition, Iskander and other types of missiles. This happens all the time. If an Il-76 flies from the Russian Federation to the territory of Belarus, then it is clear that it delivers weapons," Yuriy Ihnat, Spokesperson for the Air Force Command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, said during a briefing at the Media Center Ukraine–Ukrinform.

There are intelligence data indicating that the enemy amasses its forces in Belarusian territory, he noted.

"This also has a political component: to threaten the West, threaten Ukraine. There has always been a certain threat from the territory of Belarus, and let me remind you that it was its territory that Russia used from the first days of the full-scale invasion and launched strikes from there with various weapons: airplanes, Iskander and Tochka-U missiles. Therefore, we must definitely be prepared for possible missile strikes," Ihnat emphasized.

He added that Ukraine would celebrate Independence Day soon and the enemy always used certain dates for "congratulations".

As reported, the enemy increased aviation activity at the Belbek airfield near Sevastopol after the explosions at an airfield in Saky, from where the Russian tactical aircraft had taken off.


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