MINSK, March 15. /TASS/. A Tochka-U missile was launched towards Belarus by the Ukrainian armed forces and was then shot down by the national air defense forces over Pripyat, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said on Tuesday.
"I have warned that we will be pushed into this [military] operation, into this war," Belarusian news agency BelTA quoted Lukashenko as saying. "This was proven just two days ago with another overnight launch of a Tochka-U missile and it was a strike towards our territory."
"Together with the Russians, we intercepted [the missile] and shot it down in the airspace over Pripyat," the Belarusian president revealed.
Lukashenko also said that all interested parties are welcome to come and take a look at the scene of the debris of the downed missile. "This is not fake and this is what I am telling you about."
"We didn’t say anything because we needed to get to the bottom of what was going on there," the Belarusian president explained.
"What is this all about? Do they want to annihilate Belarus with a single missile? Not a chance, because this missile will simply not reach us," he said. "But why is this all continuing? It is all done to provoke us so that we’ll start responding."
"However, we are not simpletons, and if we respond, we’ll respond on a grand scale and everyone will feel it. Until now, we’ve been patient."