Ukraine accuses Russia of dropping a missile in Belarus to escalate between Minsk and Kiev

The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense announced, on Thursday, that Kyiv “does not rule out a deliberate provocation” from Russia “to implicate Belarus in its war,” after Minsk announced earlier Thursday that a Ukrainian anti-aircraft missile had been shot down.

The ministry said in a statement that “the Ukrainian side does not rule out a deliberate provocation by the Russian terrorist state, which drew this path for its cruise missiles with the aim of causing them to be intercepted in the airspace over the territory of Belarus,” expressing its “readiness” to participate in an investigation about the circumstances of this “accident.”

and dropped Ukrainian air defensesOn Thursday, two missiles were fired over Kyiv, and more were being dealt with. The Ukrainian authorities also called on citizens to adhere to staying in shelters.

The Ukrainian authorities said that Russia launched dozens of missiles on Thursday morning, targeting the capital, Kyiv, the city of Kharkiv in the northeast, and other cities, according to Reuters.

Ukraine’s foreign minister, Dmytro Kuleba, wrote on “Twitter”: dull barbarism. These are the only words that come to mind when you see Russia unleash another salvo of missiles on peaceful Ukrainian cities before the start of the new year.

And the Ukrainian military announced that it shot down 54 of the 69 missiles launched by Russia in an attack that began at seven in the morning local time.

Sirens sounded across the country and in Kyiv for five hours, one of the longest periods since the war began.

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