There is conflicting information on the origins of a missile that hit Polish territory on Tuesday, killing two civilians in the village of Przewodow near Poland’s border with Ukraine.
Poland’s President Andrzej Duda has suggested that the missile was “most probably” Russian-made.
Ukrainian forces still maintain a stock of Soviet-made Missiles, including rockets for S-300 air defense systems.
Moscow on its part has denied any involvement in the missile, saying Russian forces did not carry out any strikes against targets near the Polish-Ukrainian border on Tuesday.
Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky, however, has been quick to blame Russia for the incident, and urged NATO, of which Poland is a member, to “act” against this “attack on collective security.”
US President Joe Biden, who held consultations with NATO allies during the G20 summit in Indonesia over the incident, said that “it is unlikely, in the minds of the trajectory, that it (the missile) was fired from Russia.”
Associated Press (AP) in the wake of the missile strike reported that it was a Russian missile that landed on Polish territory, citing an anonymous”senior US intelligence officer.”
The Defense Department however did not corroborate the claim when asked about it.
On Wednesday, the same Associated Press, now citing three US Officials speaking on condition of anonymity due to not being authorized to discuss the issue publicly reported that;
According to preliminary assessments, the projectile was launched by Ukrainian air defenses amid a large-scale Russian bombardment of Ukraine’s energy infrastructure.
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