At least 2 people were killed in eastern Poland by missiles that crossed the border with Ukraine. Polish media and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky were quick to blame Russia for the attack, but previous information from both Moscow and Washington suggests Ukrainian missiles.
On November 15, following a massive Russian attack on Ukrainian energy infrastructure, explosions occurred in the Polish city of Przewodów, some seven kilometers from the border with Ukraine, after which the country’s prime minister, Mateusz.
Morawiecki, urgently convened the Committee of the Council of Ministers for National Security and Defense of Poland. At least two people lost their lives as a result of falling unidentified missiles.
The country’s Foreign Ministry declared that the missile was Russian-made. In turn, the Pentagon called for not speculating on the facts, speaking of a possible possibility of invoking article 5 of the NATO Treaty, which indicates that an attack against a member of the Alliance is an attack against all.
Sputnik summarizes everything that is known for this moment.
Russia considers that blaming him is a “deliberate” provocation
From the Russian Ministry of Defense they clarified that they did not attack targets near the Polish border and ruled out that the published photos of alleged fragments have any relationship with their arsenals. The institution described the affirmations of certain Polish media about the impact of alleged Russian missiles as “an intentional provocation that seeks to increase tension.”
A little later, from the military body they assured that the published photos of the incident clearly show that remains of a Ukrainian S-300 anti-aircraft defense system fell there.
“Photographs of the wreckage found in the town of Przewodów on the night of November 15 in Poland were unequivocally identified by specialists of the Russian defense industry as elements of an anti-aircraft guided missile of the S-300 anti-aircraft defense system of the Ukrainian Air Force,” the Defense Ministry said in a statement.
From the Kremlin they also affirmed that Moscow calls on Warsaw to moderate its assessment of potentially dangerous issues such as the fall of the missile.
Military expert Alexei Leonkov, in turn, told Sputnik that Russia’s cruise missiles could not enter the territory of Poland, he did not rule out that it is about Ukrainian anti-aircraft missiles that were able to fly into Polish territory by mistake. There have been cases before when Ukrainian missiles hit the houses of the local population.
Preliminary data points to Ukraine
The president of Poland, Andrzej Duda, declared that he still does not have the exact information about the missiles that fell on his territory or which country they belong to.
“At the moment we do not have definitive proof of who fired the missile. Investigations are ongoing,” he reported.
However, Poland called for the NATO Council to be convened under article 4 of the alliance’s charter, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjártó reported.
“This clause of the alliance’s basic treaty establishes that if a member state feels that its territorial integrity and sovereignty are threatened, it can initiate consultations with other member states within NATO,” he considered.
Later, the country’s president ruled out that the fall of the missile in Poland was an attack against the country.
“There is nothing to indicate that it was a deliberate attack against Poland. The fact that a missile fell on our territory was not a deliberate action. That missile was not aimed at Poland. It was not an attack on Poland,” Duda told reporters. journalists.
In turn, the US agency AP, citing US officials, assured that the missile was launched by Zelenski’s forces.
“Preliminary data indicates that the missile that hit Polish territory was launched by Ukrainian troops,” said the media, which had previously assured that the missile was Russian.
In spite of everything, from kyiv they call for a firm and principled response.
“A detailed conversation with the Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, regarding the Russian missile terror, its scale, objectives and consequences. I stressed that the response to what happened in Poland must be firm and principled,” said the Foreign Minister. Ukrainian, Dmitro Kuleba, quoted by the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry on its Telegram channel.
Reactions from world leaders
US President Joe Biden called it “unlikely” that the missile that fell in Poland was launched from Russian territory.
“There is preliminary information that questions it, I don’t want to say that until we fully investigate it, but it is unlikely, taking into account the trajectory [of the missile], that it was fired from Russia,” he told reporters at the end of a meeting with world leaders in Bali
Reported from NATO and Group of Seven (G7) leaders discussed the current situation and agreed to assist Warsaw in the investigation.
China called on all parties involved to remain calm to avoid an escalation, said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Mao Ning.
“We are aware of the corresponding messages. In the current situation, all parties involved must remain calm and show restraint to avoid an escalation of the situation,” she warned the press.
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan believes that Russia had nothing to do with the downed missile incident.
“Regarding this incident, I respect Russia’s statement. Russia stated that the incident had nothing to do with it. It is very important for us,” Erdogan told a news conference after attending the G20 summit in bali.
For its part, Spain expressed its solidarity with Poland for those killed after the incident, declared the President of the Government of Spain, Pedro Sánchez.
“Our solidarity with Poland and our sincere condolences to the families of the victims of the explosions,” he commented on his Twitter account.
The Prime Ministers of the United Kingdom and Canada, Rishi Sunak and Justin Trudeau, during a conversation with the Ukrainian president, declared that Russia is to blame for the fall of the missile in the Polish region, regardless of the result of the investigation.
“Regardless of the results of this investigation, [Vladimir] Putin’s invasion of Ukraine is the direct cause of the continuing violence,” said a statement posted on the British government’s website.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban called for a quiet and thorough investigation.
“We need a calm and thorough investigation into the Przewodów explosions. One thing is clear: Hungary stands firmly behind Poland,” Orban wrote on his Twitter account. He also stated that he expressed his support for the Prime Minister of Poland, Mateusz Morawiecki.
Russia: Missile that hit Poland was an S-300, fired by Ukrainian Air Force
RUSSIAN DEFENSE MINISTRY SPOKESPERSON, IGOR KONASHENKOV:
“On November 15, the Russian armed forces delivered a mass strike using air- and sea-based long-range, powerful weapons against Ukraine’s military command and control system sites, as well as against energy facilities related to them. The aim of the strike was achieved.”
“We want to stress that the high-precision strikes were aimed only at targets on Ukrainian territory, not less than 35 kilometres from Ukrainian-Polish border.”
“The photos published in the evening of November 15 in Poland of the wreckage found in the village of Przewodow are unequivocally identified by Russian defence industry specialists as elements of an anti-aircraft guided missile of the S-300 air defence system of the Ukrainian air force.”
“Claims by various Ukrainian sources and international officials alleging that “Russian missiles” fell on the village of Przewodow are a deliberate provocation aimed at escalating the situation.”
“We also want to stress specifically that during the mass strike with high-precision destructive weaponry, not a single missile strike was delivered against any facilities in the city of Kyiv.”
“All the (evidence) of destruction in the residential quarters of the Ukrainian capital, presented by the Kyiv regime, are a direct consequence of the falling and self-destruction of air defence missiles fired by Ukrainian forces. The missiles were fired by Ukrainian and foreign-made air defence systems positioned within the city limits.”