A new intelligence report says Russia has deployed missiles to Belarus, likely in a desperate attempt to intimidate the West while its forces are struggling in Ukraine.
Satellite image shared by British intelligence agency According to the UK Ministry of Defense, it shows two MiG-31K FOXHOUND interceptors likely to have been deployed at Maturishchi airfield in Belarus on October 17. Near the jet is a large canister, which the Defense Department assesses is likely his AS-24 KILLJOY air-launched ballistic missile.
KILLJOY missiles are launched from high-speed aircraft and track targets. Russia claims the missile, also known as the Kinzhal or “dagger” missile, can carry a conventional or nuclear warhead and is hypersonic as it is reported to travel at more than five times the speed of sound. I’m here.
Ukraine’s current air defense system cannot detect and destroy them. FromatsukeThis could set off a warning as to whether Russia intends to use Belarus as a staging ground for an attack on Ukraine, repeating tactics it used earlier in the war. Russian President Vladimir Putin has relied on Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko since early in the invasion this year to prepare for an attack on Ukraine, including a failed attack on Kyiv.
But rather than preparing an actual plan to unleash an attack on Ukraine, Russia may be making the deployment to signal the West to draw Belarus further into the war, according to British intelligence. have a nature
The defense ministry said it “probably made the deployment primarily to send a message to the West and portray Belarus as increasingly complicit in the war.” “Having KILLJOY in Belarus gives Russia little advantage in terms of hitting additional targets inside Ukraine.”
A sham move would fit the Belarusian pattern. The deployment comes weeks after Russia and Belarus embarked on a joint “grouping” and deployment of troops in Belarus, presumably in preparation for mobilization against Ukraine and other countries. However, some U.S. officials and diplomats believe that this grouping could trick Ukrainian forces into allowing an invasion from the north instead of focusing on the south, where Ukraine benefits from Russian forces. It is likely a ruse to divert resources to defend against sex.
Efforts to wean Ukrainian forces from winning tactics in the south and east may be Russia’s last effort to regain momentum amid a series of devastating losses on the battlefield. “Tense Logistics” and now unable to make offensive tactics An assessment by British intelligence released last week said it was “only capable of defensive operations”.
The White House warned Tuesday that Russia’s strengthening of relations with Belarus may be a ruse.
White House National Security Council coordinator John Kirby told reporters in a phone call on Tuesday: It is possible that this is an attempt to ascertain the
Likewise, the KILLJOY missile may not be very useful for Putin’s targets. Russia has already deployed some of its Killjoy missiles to limited effect during the war in Ukraine, according to the Pentagon.
“As the conflict shows, hypersonics is not always the best use,” said Heidi Shu, Undersecretary for Research and Technology at the Pentagon, in a statement last month. “They fired his KILLJOY hypersonic weapon into the dam. The dam is still there.”
Britain’s intelligence services had previously assessed that Russia’s use of nuclear weapons would not have a significant impact on the war. , the UK argues that Russia claims ” lack of progress In Russian ground battles. “
News of the deployment to Belarus came when Russia recently unleashed a barrage of missiles in Ukraine. On Monday, Russia launched a series of missiles that hit critical infrastructure and left Kyiv without water and power for hours. Mayor Vitali Klitschko said in a Telegram post on Tuesday that supplies had been restored, but the city would still use an “emergency cutoff” of power supplies.
U.S. officials say they don’t think Russia will stop attacking civilian areas, but are working to improve Ukraine’s air defenses.
The Biden administration has pledged to send eight National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile Systems (NASAMS) to Ukraine, with two heading toward Ukraine in the “very near future,” a senior U.S. defense official told reporters Monday. told to
The Pentagon said Tuesday that Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is working with allies to help improve Ukraine’s air defenses.