Russian military has 25 aircraft at Belarus airfields, but they’re not flying — Nayev

22 May, 05:05 PM
According to Nayev, Russia transferred eight Su-34s to Belarus (Photo:Міноборони РФ)

According to Nayev, Russia transferred eight Su-34s to Belarus (Photo:Міноборони РФ)

There are 13 planes and 12 helicopters of the Russian Armed Forces currently at Belarusian military airfields, the Commander of the Joint Forces the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Lieutenant General Serhiy Nayev, said in an interview with Ukrinform on May 22.

"Currently, (there are) 13 (Russian) warplanes on the territory of Belarus: eight Su-34, three Su-30SM, two Su-24MR. We also can see there 12 Mi-8, Mi-24, and Mi-28N helicopters of the Russian Aerospace Forces," he said.

However, the occupying forces rarely use Belarusian airfields to attack Ukraine, he noted.

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"They don't fly because following Russia's invasion of Ukraine from Belarus and further its failures on the east and south, Belarusian authorities have limited their cooperation with the Russian army to weaponry and ammunition supply, as well as providing training grounds for preparing Russian conscripts," the general said.

The Belarusky Hajun monitoring group reported earlier that ten Russian Su-34 and Su-30 fighter jets were redeployed to the Machulyshchi air base in Belarus.

Explosions sounded on Feb. 26 at the airfield of Machulyshchi, actively used by Russia for its military purposes. A Russian Air Force A-50U AEW aircraft was later reported to have been damaged in a drone attack.

Belarusian partizans later released a video allegedly showing the attack. Footage from the drone camera show it landing on an A-50 and then apparently exploding.

Belarusian border guards intensified checks on those exiting the country following the attack. At least six people were detained in this regard.

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