Belarus protests to Ukraine after downing stray air defence missile

Belarus protested to Ukraine’s ambassador on Thursday (Dec 29) after expressing it had downed a Ukrainian S-300 air defence missile in a area, throughout just one of Russia’s heaviest aerial onslaughts towards Ukraine considering that the commence of the war.

The armed forces commissar of the Brest region, Oleg Konovalov, played the incident down in a video clip posted on social media by the condition-operate BelTA news company, expressing locals experienced “absolutely nothing at all to get worried about. Sad to say, these items happen”.

He in contrast the incident to one particular in November, when an S-300 thought to have strayed after becoming fired by Ukrainian air defences landed on the territory of NATO-member Poland, triggering fears of an escalation that were being quickly defused.

Yet, the Ukrainian ambassador was summoned to the international ministry in Minsk to receive a formal protest.

“The Belarussian aspect sights this incident as extremely significant,” spokesperson Anatoly Glaz stated.

“We demanded that the Ukrainian side conduct a thorough investigation, … maintain those liable to account and take extensive steps to prevent the recurrence of these incidents in the potential.”

A Ukrainian armed forces spokesman in result acknowledged that the missile was a Ukrainian stray, stating the incident was “very little bizarre, a final result of air defence” and one thing that “has transpired additional than at the time”.

The S-300 is a Soviet-period air defence process made use of by the two Russia and Ukraine.

Belarus stated the missile experienced come down close to the village of Harbacha in the Brest region, some 15km from the border with Ukraine, at about 10am.

“Fragments ended up discovered in an agricultural subject … the wreckage belongs to an S-300 anti-plane guided missile fired from the territory of Ukraine,” the defence ministry claimed.

The incident occurred as Russia was launching its most current wave of missile attacks on metropolitan areas across Ukraine.

BelTA printed images and movie of what it said had been parts of an S-300 missile lying in an empty field.

Belarus permitted Moscow to use its territory in February as a launchpad for the invasion of Ukraine, and there has been a increasing flurry of Russian and Belarusian army action in Belarus in recent months.

Minsk has, however, insisted that it is not taking part in the war, and will not take part except its have protection is threatened by Ukraine or Ukraine’s Western allies.

When Kyiv has utilised the S-300 technique to intercept incoming Russian missiles, Russia has appeared to use repurposed S-300 missiles to attack floor targets.