The aftermath of a missile strike in , a Polish village near the border with Ukraine.
Polska Policja/Handout via REUTERS
A missile killed two people when it hit NATO member Poland on Tuesday.
NATO said it was likely a Ukrainian air-defense missile, but still faulted Russia.
“Russia bears ultimate responsibility as it continues its illegal war against Ukraine,” NATO’s head said.
NATO said Wednesday that Russia was ultimately to blame for a missile striking Poland, even though the missile in question likely belonged to Ukraine.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Wednesday that the missile, which killed two people in Poland near its border with Ukraine on Tuesday, was probably a Ukrainian air-defense missile which missed its mark.
“Our preliminary analysis suggests that the incident was likely caused by a Ukrainian air defence missile fired to defend Ukrainian territory against Russian cruise missile attacks,” Stoltenberg said.
Despite this, he argued that Russia was still to blame, since Ukraine was only using its air-defense systems to counter a huge barrage of Russian missiles heading for its cities.
“But let me clear,” he said. “This is not Ukraine’s fault. Russia bears ultimate responsibility as it continues its illegal war against Ukraine.”
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg speaks during a press conference at the NATO headquarters, Wednesday, November 16, 2022 in Brussels.
AP Photo/Olivier Matthys
Russia launched dozens of missiles across Ukraine on Tuesday, continuing a series of strikes on settlements and civilian infrastructure. Ukraine has been launching its own air-defense systems in response, managing to interrupt some of the strikes.
On Wednesday, Poland’s president said that this was likely how the missile came to land in Przewodow, right next to the country’s border with Ukraine.
He too said that he faulted Russia more than Ukraine.
A map showing the location of the blast site in relation to the Poland-Ukraine border.
Another NATO leader, Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, thought similarly. “The possibility that the missile falling on Poland was not a Russian missile but a Ukrainian one changes very little,” Reuters reported her as saying.
Initial reports suggested that the missile had been Russian, a theory that was later superseded.
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