General Siarhei Krivanos


the deputy secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine and the first deputy commander of the Special Operations Forces in 2016-2019.

From the beginning of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, Siarhei Krivanos was in charge of the defense of Zhuliany Airport, located in Kyiv.

On July 10, in an interview with the Ukrainian newspaper Novoe Vremya, Krivanos stated that the conflict on the Belarusian-Ukrainian border is inevitable.

And the Ukrainian army must launch missile strikes on military airfields in Belarus, which the Russians use to attack Ukraine.

"As a military man, I can answer: I would destroy equipment at Belarusian airfields, because they are not Belarusian - these airfields are completely handed over to the Russians, the personnel there are Russian, the airfields are guarded by Russians, and the 5-kilometer perimeter around the airfield is already Russian - not a single Belarusian: no military man, nor civilian.

We will directly destroy the bases on the territory of Belarus, which are Russian territory," the Ukrainian general said in an interview.

At this moment, less is known about the three military facilities located near the Belarusian-Ukrainian border, which are used by the Russian army.

We are looking into how the civilian population of Belarus could suffer in the event of an attack on them.

Airfield "Zybravka", 10 km from Goml, five villages around

It became known about the use of the military airfield "Zybravka" near Goml by Russian troops in the first days of the war.

Airplanes and helicopters regularly took off from Zybravka.


Russian soldiers remained on the territory of "Zyabravka" even after the departure of the Russians from the north of Ukraine and partly from the territory of Belarus at the beginning of April.

This is reported both by Svoboda's own sources and other resources, such as "Belarusian Gayun".

From "Zybravka" to the territory of Ukraine, which is now fully controlled by the government in Kiev, about 50 kilometers.

This is more than enough to launch missile strikes with both old Soviet weapons such as the "Point V" complexes and new Western salvo fire systems such as the American HIMARS.

Ukraine already actively uses them during shelling of targets on the territory of the self-proclaimed "DPR" and "LPR", as well as on the territory of the recently occupied Kherson region.

"Zybravka" is located quite close to Goml, the densely populated Novabelytsky district of the regional center is only ten kilometers from the military airfield.

According to the district's official website, in 2019, about 70,000 people lived there.

In addition to Goml, there are five villages in the vicinity of the airfield.

These are first of all Zybravka, which gave the object its name, as well as Klimavka, Pribytki, Duyanavka and Kantakuzavka.

All these villages are located at a distance of 100 meters (Zybravka), up to a kilometer from a military facility occupied by the Russians.

In total, about 2,000 people live on the territory of the Ziabrau Village Council.

Airfield "Luninets".

A kilometer to the district center, 60 km to Ukraine

Another Belarusian military airfield, which was actively used by Russian aircraft and where Russian aircraft may still remain, is located near Lunints in the Brest region.

It is about 60 km from it to the Rivne region of Ukraine, which is also fully controlled by Kiev.

At the same time, the Luninets airfield is located north of the district center.

In the event of a potential missile strike, Ukrainian missiles will have to fly directly over the Belarusian district center and hit the airfield, which is only about one kilometer from the nearest civilian buildings.


According to Belstat, in 2021, about 24,000 people lived in Luninka.

In addition to the district center, the villages of Vulka, Lunin and Poleski are also located near the military airfield.

From them to the military facility is from one to three kilometers, each of them has about a hundred residents.

The site near the military unit near the village of Prudok near Mazyr, 50 km from Ukraine

Svaboda reported in May that there are Russian military facilities with equipment and soldiers between the villages of Prudok and Mazyr.

This was confirmed by both local residents and the "Belarusian Gayun" telegram channel.

According to eyewitnesses, there are not many Russian soldiers in this area, but they remain close to Prudko constantly.

There is no military airfield in this area.

According to unconfirmed information, the Russians keep several S-400 air defense systems there, which can pose a danger to Ukrainian aircraft and missiles.


The site occupied by the Russians is located about a kilometer from Prudko (not to be confused with Prudko of the Kalinkavitsky district, about which Andrei Horvat wrote a book. — RS), where about a thousand people live.

Mazyr with a population of over 100,000 people is about 5 kilometers from here.

The direct distance to the border with the Ukrainian Zhytomyr region is less than 50 km.

In total, about 200,000 people live in Belarusian territories adjacent to Russian military facilities.

This is without taking into account Goml, whose population is about 700,000.

In addition to the mentioned military airfields, Russian aviation also periodically uses similar facilities near Baranavichy, Lida and Machulyshchy.

All of them are located at a distance inaccessible to Ukrainians.

The official leadership of Ukraine, both civilian and military, has not openly discussed the possibility of striking Russian facilities located on the territory of Belarus.

Russia's war against Ukraine

  • At 5 o'clock in the morning on February 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the start of a military operation against Ukraine in the Donbass at the request of the "DPR" and "LPR" groups.

    On February 21, during a televised address to Russians, Putin called the so-called "DPR" and "LPR" independent states within the regions.

    On February 22, the Council of the Federation ratified this decision.

  • All days of the war, Ukrainian cities were bombarded with rockets, aircraft flew over them.

    Russian troops are attacking, including from the territory of Belarus, using airfields, bases and roads.

    Representatives of the Lukashenka regime justify the war, the opposition considers the territory of Belarus occupied and calls for resistance to the Russian invaders.

  • On February 27, the International Territorial Defense Legion was created in Ukraine, and foreign volunteers were invited to join it.

    Belarusians also entered there.

    During the three and a half months of the war, six Belarusian volunteers and soldiers of the USU died at the front: Alyaksei "Tur" Skoblya, Ilya "Litvin" Hrenau, Zmytser "Terror" Apanasovich, Zmytser "Hans" Rubashevsky, Konstantin "Phoenix" Dubail, Pavel "Volat" , Ivan "Brest" Marchuk.

    In the battle where Marchuk was killed, another six Belarusian fighters disappeared without a trace.

  • On June 17, the fighters of the Kalinovsky regiment received the state Ukrainian awards "For combat merits" and "Ukraine above all".

  • On March 30, the UN approved the composition of an independent commission that will investigate Russian war crimes in Ukraine.

    It included people who worked in the analysis of the genocide in Rwanda and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

  • Contrary to Putin's statements about attacks only on military facilities, the Russians are bombing schools, kindergartens and residential areas of Ukrainian cities.

    The Russians are using banned weapons, including cluster bombs, against civilians.

  • On April 1, Lithuania became the first country in the European Union to completely abandon Russian gas.

    Latvia and Estonia followed her example.

    Germany has promised to completely stop using Russian oil by the end of 2022.

  • On April 2, after the liberation of the town of Bucha near Kyiv, photojournalists published dozens of photographs showing hundreds of dead people, victims of mass murders committed by Russian troops.

    Many are buried in spontaneous mass graves.

    The Russian occupation also brought great destruction to the people of Barodyan.

    It is also known about a number of rapes, including babies.

  • In April, missile attacks on Ukraine and airstrikes from the territory of Belarus decreased, Russian troops began to leave Belarus.

  • On May 9, the US President signed the Land Leasing Law.

    This law restores the program from the Second World War, which will speed up the supply of weapons to Ukraine and increase the amount of such assistance.

  • On the night of May 17, the Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine, Anna Malyar, confirmed the beginning of the operation to rescue the Ukrainian soldiers, who were trapped in the territory of "Azovstal".

    According to her, 53 seriously wounded were evacuated from there to the medical facility of occupied Novoazovsk.

    Another 211 people were brought to Alenivka through the humanitarian corridor.

    The Ministry of Defense of Russia states that almost 1,000 Ukrainian soldiers at the plant "surrendered" as of May 18.

    The International Red Cross officially registered these fighters as prisoners of war.

  • Since its inception, thousands of volunteers from 55 countries have joined the Foreign Legion, including Canada, the Baltic States, Poland, Australia, the Netherlands, the USA, the Czech Republic, Finland and other countries.

    Several foreigners who fought for Ukraine were captured and died.

  • In June, the so-called "DPR" sentenced two volunteers from Great Britain and one from Morocco to death.

  • Since the beginning of the war, 34 journalists have died.

    Some did not perform professional functions, but were mobilized into the Ukrainian army.

  • On June 25, Ukrainian troops retreated from the city of Severodanetsk to fortified positions.

    The city was captured by the Russian military.

  • Independent verification of information about military actions provided by officials of various parties is still impossible.