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Ministry of Defense provides new update on war in Ukraine

The UK Ministry of Defense has given new information on the current situation in Ukraine, in particular the growing involvement of Russian ally Belarus.

The statement read: “Images showed that two MiG-31K FOXHOUND interceptor aircraft were almost certainly parked at Machulishchi airfield in Belarus on October 17, with a large canister stored nearby in a protective earth berm.

“It is likely that the cartridge is associated with the AS-24 KILLJOY air-launched ballistic missile, a large ammunition that the MiG-31K variant is adapted to carry.

“Russia has deployed KILLJOY since 2018, but it had not previously been deployed in Belarus. Russia has occasionally launched these weapons during the war in Ukraine, but stocks are likely very limited.

“It continues to use its advanced long-range munitions against targets of limited operational importance.

“With a range of over 2,000 km, basing KILLJOY in Belarus gives Russia little additional advantage in terms of striking additional targets in Ukraine.

“He probably made the deployment mainly to send a message to the West and to portray Belarus as increasingly complicit in the war.”

Christi C. Elwood