Missile strike in Poland result of Ukraine’s defences: Duda
Missile strike in Poland result of Ukraine’s defences: Duda

Poland President Andrzej Duda on Wednesday said there had been no sign that the missile landing in the Polish territory was part of an intentional attack and it’s “very likely” that a missile explosion was caused by Ukrainian air defences.

The statement came as a missile struck the village of Przewodów in Poland on Tuesday, a few miles away from the Ukrainian border, killed two farmers while destroying a tractor. The incident is the first time a NATO country has been hit during Russia’s war in Ukraine.

Similarly, NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg told a press conference that the incident in Poland was “likely” caused by the activity of Ukraine’s air defence systems and there was no indication the missile explosion in Poland was the result of “a deliberate attack”.

“There is no indication that Russia is preparing offensive military actions against NATO,” Stoltenberg said and added that the investigation was ongoing and the outcome must be awaited.

But the NATO chief made it clear that “Russia bears ultimate responsibility as it continues its illegal war against Ukraine”. The NATO allies have expressed their “strong support” for their ally Poland and expressed their “deepest.

He called attention to a “wave” of Russian strikes on Ukraine on Tuesday, which killed civilians and damaged critical infrastructure, saying he welcomes more and more allies providing air defence systems to Ukraine. “We are mobilising additional support,” Stoltenberg told reporters.

The NATO chief said the alliance had significantly increased military presence in the east since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. “We are constantly assessing what more we need to do.”

Asked whether he can give more details regarding the missile explosion in Poland, Stoltenberg said it would not be right to give more details while an investigation was ongoing, reiterating that preliminary findings showed it was likely a Ukrainian air defence missile.

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