The Secretary of the Belarus Security Council, Alexander Volfovich, told Russia’s state-owned media outlet, Sputnik, that the Ukrainian missile that was shot down in Belarus had likely entered Belarusian airspace by accident.
Volfovich stated that it appeared that “some plans” had been carried out in the incident. The Ukrainian General Staff had previously claimed that Russia had launched 85 missile strikes in the preceding hours.
The Ukrainian Defense Ministry stated that it would investigate the incident, which it suggested may have been a result of Russian provocation, and reserved the right to protect Ukrainian airspace.
This incident occurred shortly after the Belarus Defense Ministry announced that its air force had shot down a Ukrainian S-300 missile near the village of Harbacha in the Brest region of Ukraine.
Belarus has repeatedly stated that it does not plan to directly participate in the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine.