According to an independent military intelligence organization, Russia is stockpiling anti-aircraft missile systems in Belarus in preparation for a massive attack against Ukraine.
Belarusian Hajun stated in a Telegram message on Monday that its study of satellite imagery reveals an armaments buildup at the Ziabrovka airfield in Belarus, around 40 kilometers from the Ukrainian border. The assessment by the observer of Belarusian military activities comes amid rumors that Belarus is supporting Russia's war effort in Ukraine.
"An analysis of the situation at the airfield proves that the likelihood of rocket attacks on the territory of Ukraine not only remains, but it seems that the Russians are preparing for a massive missile attack on Ukraine in the coming weeks," Belarusian Hajun wrote in the article.
Since the last significant shelling on July 28, not a single rocket has been fired from Belarus toward Ukraine.
Using satellite images from the American space technology company Maxar Technologies Inc., Belarusian Hajun stated in the post that the Ziabrovka airfield comprises 10 to 14 S-400 Triumph and two Pantsir air defense systems, in addition to three KASTA-2E2 and 48Y6 Podlyot radars.
In addition, the airfield is being utilized for stockpiling at least 15 to 60 missiles for the Triumph defense system, and the Russian Aerospace Forces are anticipated to send more.
Despite international condemnation of the Kremlin's invasion of Ukraine in February, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has remained a staunch ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Lukashenko, whose country shares a border with Russia and Ukraine, has given Russian forces a more direct approach to the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv.
After failing to capture Kyiv early in the conflict, the Pentagon reported in April that the Kremlin was redeploying troops through Belarus.
According to eyewitness accounts, Belarusian Hajun claimed last week that there had been "at least eight explosions" near the Ziabrovka airbase. According to Belarusian officials, any explosions were caused by a car catching fire after its engine was replaced, and there were no casualties. However, the monitoring group shared a video of what it characterized as a "large flash" near the airstrip and stated that it did not appear to be an "engine fire."
Images from satellites indicate that a T-72 tank was destroyed in the blasts last week and that there were casualties in the strike, as reported by Belarusian Hajun on Monday. The group did not explain the explosion's cause.