A drone attack carried by the Ukrainian security services on the Machulishchi airfield in Belarus caused slight damage to the Russian A-50 Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) which has been sent to Russia for repairs, President Lukashenko has confirmed.
“Fortunately, the aircraft was not significantly damaged except for, I am told, scratches and one hole in the body, which does not prevent the military aircraft from doing its job. We've demonstrated this aircraft to you. I am told it even welcomed the president on my flight back from Beijing (on March 2).
Nevertheless, we asked Russians to take this aircraft for maintenance and send us another one. So they did,” Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said yesterday in the capital, Minsk during an awards ceremony.
Separately, a Ukrainian "agent" has confessed he had been involved in the attack on the Machulishchi air field on February 26. The confession was broadcast by the Belarusian TV channel ONT yesterday. The unnamed "agent," was quoted as telling the TV Channel, “I blew up an aircraft at the Machulishchi airfield.” He clarified he had used two drones. In his words, it happened on 26 February.
“I worked with the SBU (Ukrainian security service)”, the agent said when asked who had organized the terrorist attack.
While early reports said explosions were heard from near the aircraft, later satellite imagery showed slight damage to the radome and fusalege of A-50 aicraft corroborating the Belarussian claim that attack was carried out by small drones using a low intensity explosive.