President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko made another statement on the attack on the Russian A-50 aircraft near Minsk in Machulishchi.
Belta writes about it.
After he stated that the A-50 was attacked by “a saboteur recruited by the SBU,” he admitted that the plane was damaged and was being repaired.
The damage, according to Lukashenka, is not serious: “scratches and one hole do not interfere with the performance of duties.”
He stated that he asked Russia to take the plane for maintenance and send another one to Belarus.
As Strana wrote, earlier opposition journalists found confirmation that the Russian A-50 aircraft was damaged in Belarus. The information was confirmed to them at the reception of the Taganrog Aviation Scientific and Technical Complex named after G.M. Beriev, where they called under the guise of employees of the airfield in Machulishchi. The reception noted that the aircraft with tail number 43 came to them after the incident.
The Belarusian authorities previously claimed that there were no visible injuries and even showed a video of the A-50 aircraft at a military airfield near Minsk.
And British intelligence said that the likely damage to the Russian A-50 aircraft would lead to a restriction of Russian air operations.
Source: Strana Today