The Times correspondent Askold Krushelnycky said Russia is “transferring more powerful missiles and aeroplanes” into Belarus as Putin is trying to get Belarus “more deeply involved in the war”. He explained that, given Belarus’s proximity to northwestern areas of Ukraine, the Russian ally owns a strategic position for Russia as the country “can strike at western provinces of Ukraine”. The claims came as four Russian missile strikes hit Kyiv on Sunday morning for the first time in three weeks.
Mr Krushelnycky told Times Radio: “Russia is trying to get Belarus more deeply involved in the war.
“Belarus has a north western border with Ukraine.
“They’re transferring more powerful missiles and also aeroplanes that launch missiles and bombs into Belarus.
“Putin was disappointed and angry actually that Belarus didn’t throw its army into the war directly.
“They’ve now transferred missiles.
“There seems to be a concerned effort to get Belarus more involved in the conflict.
“Belarus can strike at western provinces of Ukraine, through which aid, military and humanitarian, enters Ukraine”.
Referring to Russia’s missile attack on Kyiv on Sunday, he added: “Overnight, Saturday and Sunday, there had been a number of rocket attacks.
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