A “terrorist of the Ukrainian special services” and his “accomplices” who are involved in an attempted sabotage at the Machulishchi airfield near Minsk have been detained in Belarus. According to Belta, Alexander Lukashenko spoke about this during the presentation of state awards to senior officers.
According to Lukashenka, the “operation against Belarus” began to be developed about six months or eight months ago by the Security Service of Ukraine and the CIA. He did not provide confirmation of his statements.
According to Lukashenka, a “terrorist” was allegedly trained in Kyiv, a native of Krivoy Rog with citizenship of the Russian Federation and Ukraine, who lived in Crimea. “Some relatives in Austria, some remained in Kyiv. He was recruited by the special services of Ukraine in 2014, it seems, the year. IT specialist or well versed in IT technologies. He was preparing to commit terrorist acts, ”he said.
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On the night of February 26, eyewitnesses reported the sounds of explosions and a large concentration of military personnel near the airbase in Machulishchi near Minsk. Following this, Belarusian activists from BYPOL stated that they staged a sabotage at the airfield and dropped explosive devices from two drones on a Russian A-50 aircraft located there, as a result of which the aircraft was damaged.
Initially, the activists did not provide any video evidence of the sabotage, but then published a drone video, allegedly filmed in Machulishchi. On it, the drone flies up to the A-50 and sits on the aircraft’s antenna, after which it takes off without hindrance.
The Belarusian authorities practically did not officially comment on the incident in Machulishchi. Deputy Foreign Minister of Belarus Yury Ambrazevich named messages about the attack on the airfield “fake”. In addition, the Belarusian authorities published video, which shows an A-50 moving along the runway. There were no details on it that would confirm that it was made after the alleged incident. On March 2, amateur video with an A-50 taking off from Machulishchi.
In early March, Zerkalo reported that a Russian A-50 based at the Machulishchi military airfield had flown to Taganrog for repairs.