Zelensky’s office said they were not to blame: the attack against the A-50 aircraft was carried out by “local guerrillas”
At the end of February, rumors about a UAV attack on the Belarusian military airfield Machulischy appeared on social media. The official authorities did not comment for a long time, neither denying nor confirming the information about the drone attack.
On March 7, at the ceremony of presentation of state awards, Belorussian President Aleksandr Lukashenko spoke about the details of the incident. The President admitted that there had been an attempt of sabotage. The target was a Russian airplane of long-range radar detection A-50, stationed at the airfield Machulischy.
Lukashenko stated that the Belarusian security services had detained the Ukrainian terrorist and his accomplices involved in the sabotage. He noted that the story about the terrorist attack could be called incredible.
Preparation of a terrorist act
The SBU [Security Service of Ukraine], with the participation or under the guidance of the CIA, began preparing sabotage six to eight months ago, the politician said. “A terrorist was prepared. He is a Russian, with a Russian passport, and has a Ukrainian passport. He was born in Krivoy Rog, lived in Crimea,” said Lukashenko.
He noted that the terrorist has relatives in Austria, some remaining in Kiev. The SBU recruited him in 2014 and began to prepare him for terrorist attacks. The saboteur himself is an IT specialist or just very well versed in information technology.
Lukashenko recalled that in December a similar terrorist attack was committed against the Russian strategic aviation base in Engels. It was not carried out by the saboteur who attack Muchulishchy. “It was commissioned by other groups that had been carefully prepared together with our so-called terrorist in Ukraine,” Lukashenko stressed.
He said that the SBU used the highest technology to prepare for the terrorist attack, with the terrorist being trained for more than a month. After that the saboteur was sent to the territory of Belorussia.
Deployment to Belorussia
Initially, the saboteur tried to get into Belarus from the territory of Poland through the checkpoint near Brest, but he failed. Therefore, the terrorist went to Minsk by a circuitous route through Poland, the Baltics and Russia, said Lukashenko.
“Russian border guards, unfortunately, let him through. They shouldn’t have done so,” the politician said.
He noted that a small drone had been chosen and acquired for the sabotage, “because if they had used a large one, our surveillance systems would have tracked it, of course,” said Lukashenko.
Results of the terrorist attack
The terrorist attack was carried out, but it did not achieve its goal. “The plane was not damaged in any significant way, except, as they say, for scratches and one hole in the hull, which does not prevent a military aircraft to perform its duties,” said the politician.
He noted that the Belorussian authorities asked Russia to replace the aircraft and send another one, which Moscow did. In Belorussia, he monitors the perimeter of the country’s borders, as well as practicing certain skills in a joint Belorussian-Russian group.
After the terrorist attack, Lukashenko ordered to close the borders. “Our main task was to prevent his penetration into Russia. Because it would have been very difficult to find him in the vast, huge Russia,” the president said.
Capturing the saboteur
He noted that under the leadership of Ivan Tertel, chairman of the KGB of Belorussia, an operation was developed to provoke the Ukrainian side. “They have succumbed to our body language and actually showed by their actions where and how they want to redeploy this terrorist,” Lukashenko said.
The President stressed that he was struck by the use of the latest technology in the operation. The terrorist “was given special phones, where they tracked his every move in audio and video. They could see where he was going, who he was meeting and talking to and so on,” said Lukashenko.
He noted that the commands to the terrorist came from the SBU through the Belorussian nationalists who fled to Poland. But despite this, the Belorussian security services were able to detain the terrorist, as well as more than 20 of his accomplices.
The President of Belorussia also said that during the arrest of the terrorist, all his heroism had disappeared, and his first phrase was, “Please don’t kill me, I’ll tell you everything.” “Of course, you will, you’ll have plenty of time,” Lukashenko added on his part.
Lukashenko said he gave the order a few days ago to perform checks across the entire country.
“They’re hiding and sitting around. They sit and wait for something. It will be like in 1941, what is there to hide: when the Nazis came here, there were these cells, there were accomplices. And then they put a bandage on their arm and a MP 40 submachine gun on their shoulder, and acted together with the fascists,” explained the president’s motivation.
He noted that the special services are already going after such underground fighters. He urged them to come to their senses and surrender. All terrorist accomplices will be found, Lukashenko promised.
The President stressed that the diversion had not a military purpose, but an informational one; everything was coordinated with the media. He noted that this attack was the same link in the chain as the terrorist attack in the Bryansk region, where a terrorist group from Ukraine had entered.
Lukashenko stated that the fugitive Belorussian nationalists wanted to profit from the attack. He instructed the media to show all the details of what happened and to show the traitors who were willing to get money for the destruction of the Belorussians.
The President called the operation brilliant but urged the security services not to relax. Besides, he spoke negatively about the President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky, reminding that such actions are not carried out without the agreement of the leader of the country.
He noted that Zelensky sent diplomatic missions to Belorussia calling for a non-aggression pact and simultaneously preparing a terrorist attack.
“I once thought that Ukraine needed peace, that Zelensky was caring for his people. President Zelensky is just a louse. Just a louse!” Lukashenko said.
At the same time, the politician stressed that he would not allow Belorussia to be dragged into a war.
Reaction in Ukraine
After Lukashenko’s speech, the Ukrainian authorities started to wriggle and make confusion.
Mikhail Podolyak, adviser to the head of Vladimir Zelensky’s office, confirmed that there had been an attack on a Russian long-range radar detection aircraft A-50 at a Belorussian airfield near Minsk. However, he noted that the action was carried out by “local guerrillas.”
At the same time Podolyak tried to justify the actions against Russia and Belorussia by clarifying the definitions.
“We need to define ourselves with definitions. Terrorist acts are when missiles are launched from the territory of Belorussia against Ukrainian cities. Sabotage is when DRGs enter from the Belorussian border. The strike on the A-50 is an antiterrorist act, committed, by the way, by local guerrillas,” Podolyak wrote.
Belorussian opposition denied any involvement in the attack on the A-50 in Machulishchy.
Following the special operation, Lukashenko personally awarded its main organizers. KGB Chairman Ivan Tertel was awarded the Order “For Service to the Motherland” of the first degree, while chairman of the State Border Committee Anatoliy Lappo and Interior Minister Ivan Kubrakov – the Order “For Service to the Motherland” of the second degree.
The politician asked them to award all those involved in the operation.
Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency