By Matthew Roscoe • 04 January 2023 • 11:12
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Reports from Belarus claim that following air raid protection alerts sounding across Ukraine on January 4, multiple Russian aircraft were spotted taking off from several airfields in Belarus.
Prominent Belarusian Telegram channel Belaruski Hayun reported that following the alerts in Ukraine, a number of Russian fighter jets took off from airfields in Machulishchi and Baranovichi.
“At 9.53 am, a fighter plane took off from Baranovichi,” the report read.
“At 10.02 am, a Russian Air Force A-50U Airborne Warning Board took off from Machulishchi airfield.”
It added: “Later, at 10.30 am, a Russian Air Force MiG-31K took off from the same Machulishchi.
“Followed by two more fighters from Baranovichi.”
The news comes after Russia reportedly redeployed new military units to the north of Crimea.
Speaking to Ukrinform on Wednesday, January 4, Andriy Chernyak, a representative of the Main Directorate of Intelligence of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, said that “Russians are currently making every effort to preserve the so-called land corridor to Crimea.”
“This was their idea of capturing the Donetsk region, the coast of the Sea of Azov, and their plans were also to cut off Ukraine from the Black Sea,” he said.
“But the occupying country could not implement any plans in Ukraine. Given that our foreign partners supply us with new types of weapons, the so-called land corridor to Crimea is certainly not safe.”
“Ukraine will strike Russian positions throughout the occupied territory,” Andriy Chernyak said.
He said Putin’s troops are “moving new military units to the north of Crimea.”
He added that they “continue to build defence structures both in the north of the temporarily occupied peninsula and in the temporarily occupied part of the Kherson region.”
“They will lose, that’s why they create defensive structures where they can, realizing that they will have to conduct combat operations on these lines,” he concluded.
More to follow…
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