The Ministry of Defense of Belarus showed footage of the aircraft moving but not flying. However, investigators doubt that the board is capable of performing its main function.
A video of an allegedly undamaged A-50 aircraft appeared on the network, where it moves around the airfield in the twilight. This video was published in the telegram channel of the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Belarus as evidence of the falsity of the news about the destruction of the Russian reconnaissance aircraft by partisans.
In the video, a Russian A-50 aircraft is moving through the airfield in the twilight. It is cut from several parts, snow can be seen in the frames. Interestingly, only the movement of the aircraft on the ground was filmed, but it did not take off into the air.
By searching for still frames of the video, it was not possible to find publications of it earlier. After watching several dozen videos of takeoffs and landings of this aircraft on YouTube, Focus journalists also could not find similar pieces published earlier.
The website of the Ministry of Defense of Belarus is not available, however, thanks to the webarchive, it was possible to establish that it contained a link to this telegram channel.
Links to telegrams on the website of the Ministry of Defense of Belarus (webarchs)
Attack on A-50 in Machulishchi: what do investigators say?
The Belarusian monitoring group “Belarusian Gayun” confirmed due to weather conditions that the video was filmed today at about eight o’clock in the evening. However, they do not consider video of the aircraft moving in a strip as proof of its ability to perform its main function – to fly.
“Comparing the footage of March 1 with the footage of January 29, it is clear that the ‘saucer’ looks different. The previous scratches are not visible, but a large black spot is visible,” the monitoring group wrote.
“Belarusian Guyun” compared the view of the aircraft with previously published footage
Photo: Belarusian Gayun
Also in “Belarusian Gayun” they consider it strange that in the video they were allowed to see the side numbers that were previously hidden. The monitoring group notes that the plane was shown only from two angles – from below and from the side.
On February 26, reports began to appear on the network about explosions in the Machulishchi area. Local residents told about checks of documents of the traffic police near the airfield.
On the same day, the Belarusian project BYPOL reported that local partisans blew up the plane as part of the Pobeda plan. According to BYPOL, the middle and central parts of the aircraft, as well as the avionics and radar antenna of the Russian A-50, were severely damaged in two explosions.
Also on February 26, the head of the BYPOL association, Oleksandr Azarov, said that the plane was attacked with drones. According to him, the participants in the operation immediately went abroad.
The next day, February 27, Russian Presidential Speaker Dmitry Peskov said that the Kremlin had “nothing to say” and the Belarusian leadership denied the incident.
Also on February 27, the destruction of the reconnaissance A-50 in Machulishchi was confirmed by the press secretary of the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Yuri Ignat.
On February 28, the publication Zerkalo, citing its own reader, reported that a 29-year-old man was wanted in Belarus for “a particularly dangerous crime in the urban village of Machulishche on February 26.”
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