Top NATO officials said a missile that crashed in Poland and killed two people was likely a Russian-made weapon fired by a Ukrainian air-defense system, and that there was no evidence it was directed there intentionally.
“Ukraine defended itself, which is obvious and understandable, by firing missiles whose task was to knock down Russian missiles,” Polish President Andrzej Duda said Wednesday. “The Russian side is to blame for this tragic event.”
Russia unleashed one of the biggest barrages of the war on Tuesday, firing 96 missiles at Ukrainian cities after being forced to withdraw from the southern city of Kherson last week in a major blow for Moscow. A missile landed in a Polish village near the Ukrainian border, killing two farmworkers and raising fears of a wider conflagration.
“This is not Ukraine’s fault,” said North Atlantic Treaty Organization Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg. “Russia bears ultimate responsibility.”
“This is a direct result of the ongoing war,” he added. “Of course Ukraine has the right to shoot down missiles targeting Ukrainian cities and infrastructure.” [Continue reading…]