Chernihiv County in northern Ukraine was subjected to “massive shelling” from neighboring Belarus early on Saturday morning, the Ukrainian military states.
“Twenty rockets were fired from Belarus territory and from the air towards the village of Desna,” the military stated in a press release, including that there have been at present no stories of civilian casualties.
According to Ukraine’s navy intelligence service, that is the primary time that Russian fighter jets have fired on Ukraine from Belarus.
“Today’s shelling is directly related to the Kremlin’s attempt to engage Belarus as a party to the war against Ukraine,” the intelligence service stated, in accordance with the state information company Ukrinform.
Close alliance with Russia
Belarus is intently allied with Russia and throughout the invasion of Ukraine, the Russian navy has had free entry to Belarusian territory, nevertheless, Belarus will not be collaborating within the battle on Russia’s facet.
“Dozens of robots have been fired by Russia against our territory this morning. They continue to use Belarusian territory,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s Chief of Staff Andriy Yermak wrote, in accordance with Ukrinform.
Robots towards western Ukraine
On Saturday morning, in accordance with Ukrainian data, shelling was additionally directed at Lviv and Zhytomyr counties.
According to Ukrinform, 4 individuals have been injured within the Jaroviv district in Lviv County when a “military object” was hit.
According to navy sources, the robotic shelling got here from the Black Sea. The Ukrainian air pressure is alleged to have shot down two cruise missiles, whereas one other 4 reached the goal and detonated.