Lisa Haseldine Lisa Haseldine

Did Belarusian rebels blow up one of Putin’s planes?

Drone footage claiming to show a Russian military aircraft blown up by Belarusian rebels at the Machiulishchy airfield (Credit: Telegram)

Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko has some awkward explaining to do to Vladimir Putin after a Russian military plane, being stored in Belarus, was reportedly blown up last weekend by Belarusian rebels. 

According to reports, one of the nine working Beriev A-50 airborne early warning and control aircraft (Awacs) owned by the Russian military was attacked at the Machiulishchy airfield, just under eight miles from the capital Minsk, where it had been kept since early January this year.

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