“Massive” bombardment of the border region of Belarus: the Ukrainian army

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Ukraine’s northern border region, Chernigiv, was the victim of a “massive bombardment” on Saturday from the territory of Russia’s ally, Belarus, the Ukrainian army announced.

“Around 5:00 a.m. (02:00 GMT), the Chernigiv region came under massive missile bombardment,” the Northern Ukraine Military Command wrote in a statement on Facebook.

“Twenty rockets, fired from the territory of Belarus and from the air, targeted the village of Desna,” he said, adding that infrastructure had been hit with no casualties reported.

Desna, a small village with a pre-war population of around 7,500, lies 70 kilometers (43 miles) north of Kyiv and a similar distance south of the Ukraine-Belarus border. .

The strikes come as Russian President Vladimir Putin meets his Belarusian counterpart and close ally Alexander Lukashenko in St Petersburg on Saturday.

Senior Moscow diplomat Sergey Lavrov is due to visit Belarus on Thursday and Friday.

Belarus provided logistical support for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, particularly in the early weeks of the offensive, although it remained officially non-belligerent at this stage.

The country, ruled by Lukashenko since 1994, is also targeted by Western sanctions aimed at Russia for its assault on Ukraine.

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