(POLAND) — Poland’s president says the missile that landed in his country and killed two people appears to be an “unfortunate accident.”
Polish President Andrzej Duda said, “It was highly probable that the rocket, which was Russian-made, was used by the Ukrainian air defense. There were no grounds to believe that the missile incident was an intentional attack, or that the rocket was launched by the Russian side.”
NATO convened an emergency meeting of ambassadors in Brussels on Wednesday after a missile crashed near the Polish town of Przewodow on Tuesday, killing two civilians.
“We have no indication this was the result of a deliberate attack, and we have no indication that Russia is preparing offensive military attacks against NATO,” the military alliance’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said after the meeting.
However, Stoltenberg noted that the incident happened as Russia launched a “wave of indiscriminate missile attacks” across Ukraine on Tuesday.
“Our 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,” he said.
“But let me be clear, this is not Ukraine’s fault. Russia bears ultimate responsibility as it continues its illegal war against Ukraine.”