Russia could have imitated missile launches from Belarus: DIU named the occupants' goal
The AFU Air Force reported the launch of missiles from the territory of Belarus during the Russian Federation's evening massive attack on Ukraine on August 5. The Main Directorate of Intelligence of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry believes that the aggressor country Russia could simulate these launches to draw Belarus into the war against Ukraine.
This was said in a commentary to "Ukrinform" by the representative of the DIU Andriy Yusov. According to him, it could have been a provocation.
"It was probably an electronic launch or imitation of a launch, because Russian troops, forces and means for various kinds of provocations are deployed on the territory of this country that could be used to drag it into the war against Ukraine," Yusov said.
He explained how the Russians could theoretically do this.
"It (missile launch - Ed.) may not have happened, but everything could have been arranged as if the launches took place from the territory of Belarus. The information is now being verified," a representative of the DIU said.
Military expert Oleksandr Musienko told "RBC-Ukraine" that it is quite possible that the occupants used Belarus to strike at Ukraine. There has been significant activity of Russian troops on the territory of RB recently.
"Now we see that the activity of the Russian military and "Wagner" group in Belarus has increased, with provocations from there expected. We see that today Belarus is once again considered by Russia as a serious springboard for escalation against the West, first of all against Poland and Lithuania and secondly against Ukraine. Therefore, we are facing the risk of missile and air attacks from there again," the expert said.
He added that the Russian Federation did not use Belarus to strike Ukraine for a long time only because Russian aviation had other plans and routes.
As reported by OBOZREVATEL, Russia staged a massive missile attack on Ukraine on August 5. Sea-based Kalibr cruise missiles were launched from the waters of the Black Sea, supersonic air-launched Kinzhal missiles from the territory of Russia and land-based Iskander ballistic missiles from the territory of Belarus.