Belarusian Hajun group reports fighter jets taking off, earlier troop movements

21 December 2022, 05:50 PM
MiG-31 fighter aircraft (Photo:Tom_1982/Flickr)

MiG-31 fighter aircraft (Photo:Tom_1982/Flickr)

Air-raid alarms activated across the entire Ukraine except for the occupied Crimean Peninsula on Dec. 21 as Russian fighter jets, in particular a MiG-31K, took off in Belarus, the Belarusian Hajun monitoring project reported on Telegram.

Air raids sirens started to wail in Kyiv from 12:24 p.m., then the alerts spread to other regions.

The Hajun project reported the aircraft taking off at  about 12:00 p.m. Enemy activities were reported at the military airfields of Machulychi (an A-50U airborne early warning and control system), Baranovychi (two fighters accompanied by another A-50) and Lida ( preliminary, Su-25 fighters).

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On 12:30, MiG-31Ks took off at Baranovychi airfield. The aircraft can carry nuclear-capable, hypersonic Kinzhal cruise missiles.

The air-raid alert lasted for two hours, and no missile launches were detected.

Earlier, Hajun reported the movement of Belarusian forces closer to the border with Ukraine. After meeting with the Kremlin's leader and Russian dictator Vladimir Putin, Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko claimed Russian S-400 and Iskander missiles had entered service with his military.

The U.S. think tank the Institute for the Study of War has said it suspects the systems are operated by Russian crews.

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