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Belarus, shot down Russian planes over Russia. Lukashenko confirmed inadvertently

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Four planes were shot down, said Belarusian leader Alyaksandr Lukashenka, thus – as noted by Reuters – “unintentionally” confirming the loss of military aircraft shot down over Russia near the border with Ukraine and Belarus. The agency referred to the Belarusian news channel Pul Piervogo.

The Russian news website Kommersant reported on Saturday that a Russian landing party consisting of four planes – Su-34 bomber, Su-35 fighter and two Mi-8 helicopters – was shot down near the village of Klince in the Bryansk region Russia.

It was found that the incident was related to an attack that took place near the border in the Chernihiv region in Ukraine.

In turn, the Russian state news agency TASS reported on Saturday that the Russian Su-34 combat plane crashed, but did not specify the cause and referred to the emergency services, which in turn reported that the helicopter crashed due to an engine fire.

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Mi-8 helicopter crash in Bryansk region Reuters

Reuters noted that the TASS report did not mention the Su-35 or the second helicopter, although several Russian pro-war bloggers also reported that four machines were shot down.

Lukashenko confirmed the shooting down of the Russian planes

Pul Piervogo – a Belarusian Telegram channel close to the press service of the Belarusian president – reported on Monday that Alexander Lukashenko visited the air force command base. It was his first public appearance in nearly a week.

During the visit, the Belarusian leader said: – Three days after the events near us, in the Bryansk region, when four planes were shot down, we are forced to react. Since then, we, our soldiers, have been on high alert.

Alexander Lukashenko president.gov.by

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