Defense Missile Lands in Poland: NATO Blames Russia

Tuesday evening, remains of a defense missile fired by Ukraine landed in Polish territory. The defense missile killed two Polish people when it landed in their village Przewodow. Poland’s ambassador to the United Nations spoke to the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday and blamed Russia for the deaths. 

In the meeting, Krzysztof Szczerski, the Polish ambassador, said, “Those innocent people would not have been killed if there had been no Russian war against Ukraine. The only fault was — their only fault was the fact that they lived close to the civilian infrastructure on the Ukrainian side of the border that Russia keeps attacking as military targets.”

On Wednesday, NATO held an emergency meeting and began an investigation to determine which country launched the missile that landed in Przewodow. Initially, there were concerns that it was a Russian missile that had somehow landed in Poland, meaning that Russia had attacked NATO territory. Although the investigation is still underway, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced that the missile came from Ukraine. 

He addressed the press on Wednesday and said NATO’s “preliminary analysis suggests that the incident was likely caused by a Ukrainian air defense missile fired to defend Ukrainian territory against Russian cruise missile attacks. But let me be clear, this is not Ukraine’s fault. Russia bears ultimate responsibility as it continues its illegal war against Ukraine.”

Despite NATO’s announcement, Ukrainian President Zelensky has refused to accept that the missile came from Ukraine. “I have no doubt in [Tuesday’s] report to me personally — from the Commander of the Air Force to Commander-in-Chief [Valeriy] Zaluzhny — that it was not our missile and not our missile strike,” Zelenskyy said.

He also voiced demands to be included with the United States and Poland in the investigation that is currently underway, “I believe that we have the right to this. Is it possible not to announce the final conclusions until the investigation is completed? I think it is fair. If someone says that this is our rocket, should we be in a joint investigative group? I think we should, it is only fair.”

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