The country’s President Andrzej Duda said that the missile that hit Poland was not from Russia, but from Ukraine. He said Ukraine’s air defense forces likely fired the missile, which hit Poland, while intercepting a Russian missile. US President Joe Biden also said the same thing.
International media including CNN and Guardian reported this information in a report on Wednesday.
The missile hit the Polish village of Przewodow, about six kilometers east of the Ukrainian border, at 3:40 p.m. local time on Tuesday.
Andrzej Duda said in a tweet after the investigation, ‘There is no indication that this was a deliberate attack on Poland. Most likely, it is a Russian-made S-300 missile.
Later in a press conference, Duda said it was an anti-aircraft missile from Ukraine. Probably accidentally landed on Polish territory while intercepting incoming Russian missiles.
Before the Polish president’s speech, however, US intelligence officials also hinted that the missile was fired by Ukrainian forces. Joe Biden told allies that the missile fired at Poland was from Ukraine’s air defense forces, Reuters reported, citing NATO sources based on preliminary investigation reports.
Earlier, US President Joe Biden said in the case of the missile attack in Poland that killed 2 people, it is unlikely that this attack came from Russia. He said, preliminary information revealed that the probability of a missile attack from Russia on Poland is low.
He also said, “I don’t want to say anything until the investigation is over.” However, it seems unlikely that it will be launched from Russia. We will look into it. But now various sources say that Biden has already confirmed to the allied countries that the missile is not from Russia, it is from Ukraine. Two people were killed when the missile hit Polish territory on Tuesday.
Russia launched a massive missile strike across Ukraine on Tuesday. Kiev claimed that this attack was the strongest in the war that lasted for almost nine months Some missiles also hit the city of Lviv, less than 80 kilometers from the Polish border, on the day.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky blamed Russia for the missile landing in Poland. Blaming Russia, Zelensky said in a video message, ‘We warned in advance about what happened today. We talked about it. Terrorism is no longer confined to the borders of Ukraine. It has already spread to Moldova. And today Russian missiles hit Poland, killing our friendly countrymen. You will take the sympathy of the people of Ukraine.’
He also said, ‘I want to tell my Polish brothers and sisters that Ukraine will always be by your side. Terrorism cannot break the morale of the people of the free world. Victory is possible where there is no fear. You and us have no fear.’
Moscow has strongly rejected the accusations of Ukraine and Western media about the missile attack on Poland. “Statements by Polish media and officials that multiple Russian missiles hit Polish soil are nothing more than deliberate provocations aimed at escalating the situation,” Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said.
The Russian Defense Ministry also released a statement saying that Russia did not launch any missile on the Ukraine-Poland border on Tuesday, so there is no question of a missile hitting Poland after missing the target.