Minsk summons the Ukrainian ambassador after a missile fell on the territory of Belarus


Ukraine’s ambassador to Minsk, the Belarusian capital, was summoned on Thursday to the Foreign Ministry in the Belarusian capital to receive an official protest from Lukashenko’s government. Spokesman for the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Anatoly GlazHe said: “The Belarusian side considers this incident extremely serious. We demand that the Ukrainian side conduct a thorough investigation, hold those responsible accountable, and take comprehensive measures to prevent such incidents from happening in the future.”

The Belarusian spokesman was referring to the Ukrainian S-300 missile that hit Belarusian territory in the Brest region in the morning. A Ukrainian military spokesman did acknowledge that the missile was a stray Ukrainian shell, stating that the incident was “not strange, a result of air defence” and something that “has happened more than once”.

Nor should it be strange on a day like today when Russia launched dozens of missiles into Ukraine earlier in the day, targeting cities like Kyivgroup , in the west of the country and close to the borders with Poland and Odessa in the southwest, forcing citizens to flee to shelters and leaving residents without electricity in one of the largest air strikes yet carried out by Moscow.

“Senseless barbarism. These are the only words that come to mind when watching Russia unleash another salvo of missiles on peaceful Ukrainian cities on New Year’s Eve,” the Ukrainian foreign minister tweeted. Dmytro Kuleba.

The Ukrainian military claimed to have shot down 54 of the 69 missiles launched by Russia. Sirens sounded across Ukraine for five hours in Kyiv. “The shooting down of 54 missiles saved dozens of lives and protected key parts of our economic infrastructure,” Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov said in a tweet. “Every day of military success brings us closer to our victory.”

The authorities said earlier that more than 120 rockets were fired during the attack.

Pictures released by Reuters showed a team of emergency workers peering through the charred remains of Kyiv apartment buildings that were destroyed by an explosion, with smoke from the missiles trailing in the sky.

in a kharkiv, The second largest city in Ukraine, firefighters worked to put out a huge fire at a power plant. And in the south-central city of Zaporizhia, dozens of houses were damaged and a rocket blew a huge crater. “I woke up with everything trembling, collapsing. I got up and shouted: Vitya, Vitya (my husband), where are you? I ran barefoot on the glass. It appeared and the glass fell on him,” said Halina, a 60-year-old neighbor.

The Ukrainian military stated that Russia launched air- and sea-borne cruise missiles, anti-aircraft guided missiles and S-300 ADMS at energy infrastructure facilities in the eastern, central, western and southern regions. The attacks followed a night attack by “kamikaze” drones.

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Waves of Russian air strikes against energy infrastructure in recent months have left millions of people without electricity or heat in often sub-zero temperatures. “The enemy bet heavily on this attack and prepared for it for two weeks. The Ukrainian Prime Minister said that the Ukrainian Air Defense Forces showed an incredible level of ingenuity and effectiveness. Dennis Schmihal in the Telegram messaging app.

At the same time, there were impacts and damage in particular to power facilities. In some areas, emergency reductions will be applied to avoid accidents in the networks. Our power engineers are already fixing everything.

Kyiv authorities reported that two private homes in the Darnitsky district were damaged by shrapnel from the fallen missiles, as well as a business and a children’s playground. Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said 16 rockets were shot down and three people were wounded in the attacks.

mayor groupAndrzej Sadovy stated on Telegram that 90% of his city, near the Polish border, was without electricity. Missiles destroyed a unit of energy infrastructure.

in the area OdessaFragments of a missile hit a residential building, although there were no casualties, according to its governor, Maxim Marchenko.

Moscow has repeatedly denied targeting civilians, but Ukraine claims its daily bombing destroys cities, towns, and the country’s electrical, medical, and other infrastructure.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has been asking Western countries for more help in air defense for months. And although Western countries have provided weapons of all kinds and humanitarian aid amounting to more than 20 thousand million dollars so far, Kyiv has not achieved its priority goal since the beginning of the war, which is the Allies closing Ukrainian airspace. In order to close Ukrainian airspace, NATO planes would have to fly over Ukrainian territory to avoid any Russian attacks, which would certainly lead to a direct confrontation between the United States and Russia. Something both sides have avoided so far.

Belarus has summoned the Ukrainian ambassador after claiming to have shot down a Ukrainian air defense missile over its territory, the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported. Television footage broadcast by the state Belarusian news agency showed what appeared to be debris from the missile lying in a field.

In Russia, a regional governor said it has air defenses Drone shot down Nearby is Engels Air Base, hundreds of kilometers from the front line in Ukraine and home to long-range strategic bombers. Russia claims that Ukraine has already tried to attack the base twice this month.

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