Support The Moscow Times!

Belarus Shoots Down Missile Launched From Ukraine

Updates with Belarus saying it shot down the missile

Russian ally Belarus said on Thursday that its air defense shot down a missile launched from Ukrainian territory, in the first such incident reported by Minsk since the start of Moscow's Ukraine offensive.

The Defense Ministry in Minsk said a missile was shot down around 10:00 am local time with its debris discovered in a village in the western Brest region of Belarus, which borders Ukraine and Poland.

"It was preliminarily established that the fragments belonged to an S-300 anti-aircraft guided missile launched from the territory of Ukraine," the ministry said in a statement.

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko "was immediately informed" of the incident, a Telegram channel close to the presidency said.

There have been no reports of injuries or casualties so far.

The Belarus military and investigators were dispatched to the site of impact, President Alexander Lukashenko's press service said on Telegram.

Lukashenko is an ally of Moscow and has supported its invasion of Ukraine, allowing Russian troops to launch part of their February invasion from its territory. Moscow and Minsk conducted joint military drills close to the country's border with Ukraine as a smokescreen for the Russian army's build-up of troops. 

The Belarusian army has not so far participated in the Russian invasion, though in October Lukashenko issued a warning to the Kyiv government against touching "even a meter of our territory with their dirty hands."

This is the second time since the start of the war that a Ukrainian missile has entered a country other than Russia — on Nov. 15, a Ukrainian missile landed in Poland leaving two people dead and sparking concern that NATO could be drawn into the conflict in Ukraine.

However, the incident was later widely accepted to have been a Ukrainian air defense missile that had missed its incoming target.

AFP contributed reporting.

… we have a small favor to ask. As you may have heard, The Moscow Times, an independent news source for over 30 years, has been unjustly branded as a "foreign agent" by the Russian government. This blatant attempt to silence our voice is a direct assault on the integrity of journalism and the values we hold dear.

We, the journalists of The Moscow Times, refuse to be silenced. Our commitment to providing accurate and unbiased reporting on Russia remains unshaken. But we need your help to continue our critical mission.

Your support, no matter how small, makes a world of difference. If you can, please support us monthly starting from just $2. It's quick to set up, and you can be confident that you're making a significant impact every month by supporting open, independent journalism. Thank you.

paiment methods
Not ready to support today?
Remind me later.

Read more