Poland prepared to oppose Russia, says former Ukrainian envoy

16 November 2022, 04:12 PM
After the fall of rockets on the territory of Poland (Photo:Stowarzyszenie Moje Nowosiolki via REUTERS)

After the fall of rockets on the territory of Poland (Photo:Stowarzyszenie Moje Nowosiolki via REUTERS)

Poland is prepared to oppose Russia following a missile strike on its territory, former Ambassador of Ukraine to Poland Andrii Deshchytsia told Radio NV on Nov. 16.

“It was a signal that Russia could attack Poland,” he said.

“It can shell Poland, and therefore attack Poland. Let’s wait for the final decisions that will be made by the Polish government and NATO. As far as I understand, the consultations requested by Poland within NATO under Article 4 of the Treaty on Collective Security will take place today.”

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According to the diplomat, Ukraine has repeatedly warned that Russia may not stop at Ukraine but go further. Poland is also aware that it could be next if Ukraine fails to repel Russian aggression, he added.

“It seems to me that Poland is preparing for war,” Deshchytsia said.

“Obviously, everyone is aware that it’s better not to let this happen since we'll turn a completely new page in this war between Russia and Ukraine, spreading it to two or three (countries). Although I’m personally convinced, this war has outgrown the participation of just two countries — many more countries are already involved in the war.”

On Nov. 15, Russia launched the most massive missile and drone strike since the beginning of the full-scale invasion of Ukraine. In total, 90 missiles were launched, of which 77 were downed by Ukraine’s Air Defense Forces.

Energy infrastructure facilities in the northern, central and western parts of the country were affected in the aftermath of the mass strike.

Meanwhile, one person was killed in Kyiv when an unintercepted missile struck a number of residential buildings.

On the same day, two missiles reportedly fell in Poland’s Przewodow, Lublin district, approximately 20 km from the Ukrainian border. Two people were killed in the incident.

The Polish government has officially blamed Russia for the incident, though anonymous U.S. sources note that the missile may also have been a Ukrainian air defense munition that missed its interception target.

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