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Belarus claims to have shot down a Ukrainian missile

(CNN)Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukaschenko launched a missile at a military facility on his territory whenUkraineI blamed him.

He said the missile was intercepted by the Belarusian air defense system earlier this week.

Without providing evidence of the attack, Lukaschenko, a close ally of Russian leader Vladimir Putin, called this act "provocation".

"Thanks to God. The Pantsiri anti-aircraft system was able to intercept all missiles launched by the Ukrainian army," Lukaschenko was posted on the president's website on Saturday, depending on the country. Also mentioned in the published comments. Run the news agency Bertha.

He added that no Belarusian soldiers are currently fighting in Ukraine.

Ukrainian troops did not immediately respond to CNN's request for comment on Lukaschenko's allegations.

One of Russia's closest allies

Belarus, formerly under Soviet control until the declaration of sovereignty in 1990, is Russia's most. It is one of the closest allies and has played an important role in the aggression. Ukraine-even though Lukaschenko had previously said his country was "dragged" into the war.

Russian troops began an invasion from Belarus to Ukraine on February 24, after gathering for several months along the Ukrainian border. On the first day of the attack, Russian Tu-22 "backfire" bombers launched a coordinated cruise missile attack on targets in Ukraine using Belarusian airspace, NATO officialsin March. Russia's aerial operations in Ukraine to CNN will begin in Belarus.

According to the Ukrainian Air Force Command, six Russian "backfire" bombers flying over Belarus last week launched 12 Kh-22 cruise missiles, Kyiv, Chernihiv, Attacked a target in Smy State.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Western sanctions and "unprecedented political and social pressure" are accelerating his country's unification plan with Belarus.

Meanwhile, the governor of Belgorod, a Russian city near the Ukrainian border, said the early Sunday morning explosion killed at least three people and damaged dozens of homes.

Some of the injured had a 10-year-old child, Vyacheslav Gladkov said in a telegram post. The

explosion also destroyed 5 homes and damaged 11 apartments and 34 private homes, he said.

Gradkov said the cause of the explosion was under investigation and the air defense system in the area was "probably" functioning.

Russian officials have repeatedly accused Ukraine of launching a cross-border attack-usually in fuel depots and military facilities-Ukrainian government agencies stir up "anti-Ukraine sentiment" Claims to be intended.

Ukrainian authorities have not yet commented on the report of the blast.