Poland, NATO: Missile strike wasn’t Russian attack

A missile strike in Poland that killed two people did not appear intentional and was likely launched by air defense systems in Ukraine against a Russian bombardment.

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November 16, 2022 - 2:01 PM

Poland's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki speaks to the media. (John Thys/POOL/AFP/Getty Images/TNS)

PRZEWODOW, Poland (AP) — NATO member Poland and the head of the military alliance both said Wednesday a missile strike in Polish farmland that killed two people did not appear to be an intentional attack, and that air defenses in neighboring Ukraine likely launched the Soviet-era projectile against a Russian bombardment that savaged the Ukrainian power grid.

“Ukraine’s defense was launching their missiles in various directions and it is highly probable that one of these missiles unfortunately fell on Polish territory,” said Polish President Andrzej Duda. “There is nothing, absolutely nothing, to suggest that it was an intentional attack on Poland.”

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, at a meeting of the 30-nation military alliance in Brussels, echoed the preliminary Polish findings, saying: “We have no indication that this was the result of a deliberate attack.”

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