Bedarusi leader Alexander Lukashenko, commenting on the sabotage with the Russian A-50 aircraft at the airfield in Machulishchi, called the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky a "nit". He stated this during the presentation of state awards.

During his speech, he blamed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky for what happened at the air base, since, according to Lukashenka, "such operations are not carried out without the consent of the country's leader."

"Zelensky is a nit. Just nit!". 
"I somehow thought that Ukraine needs peace, that Zelensky is rooting for his people. President Zelensky is just a nit. Just a nit!

They ask, : "Let's sign a non-aggression pact, let's agree, we don't have any problems." To which I said: "We are not going to attack." You have heard my all these statements. And at this time… Well, the challenge has been thrown,” Lukashenko said.

At the same time, Lukashenko stressed that Belarus does not intend to participate in the war: “If you think that by throwing this challenge you will drag us into the war tomorrow, which is already going on all over Europe today, you are mistaken.”

It should be reminded that on February 26, local residents reported the sounds of explosions near the air base in Machulishchi near Minsk. Belarusian partisans from BYPOL said they had sabotaged the airfield and dropped explosive devices from drones on a Russian A-50 aircraft that was there. BYPOL reported that those involved in the explosions immediately went abroad, and the plane was damaged and "will no longer be able to fly."

According to Zerkalo, a Russian reconnaissance aircraft based in Machulishchi eventually flew to Taganrog for repairs. The monitoring group "Belarusian Gayun" reported that the A-50 left the airspace of Belarus, going to Russia for repairs on March 2.

On March 7, Alexander Lukashenko confirmed that a sabotage had taken place in Machulishchi, and he blamed the SBU and the CIA for preparing it. According to him, as a result of the incident, the Russian A-50 did not receive significant damage, but it was sent to Russia for repairs.