Fallen missile in Poland may have been Ukrainian air defense munition, U.S. officials say

16 November 2022, 12:22 PM
Photograph of the spot a missile is believed to have struck in Polish territory (Photo:Jarosław Wolski/Twitter)

Photograph of the spot a missile is believed to have struck in Polish territory (Photo:Jarosław Wolski/Twitter)

A Ukrainian air defense missile may have caused the death of two Polish citizens in the Polish border region with Ukraine, the Associated Press reported on Nov. 16, citing three anonymous U.S. officials.

On Nov. 15, two Russian missiles reportedly crashed in Poland’s Przewodow, Lublin district, approximately 20 km from the Ukrainian border.

According to preliminary assessments, the munition is believed to have been launched by Ukrainian air defense to intercept an incoming Russian missile during the Nov. 15 mass missile strike against Ukraine, the U.S. officials told AP.

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In a more cautious appraisal, U.S. President Joe Biden stated that it  "unlikely" that the missile was fired from within Russia, during a G20 leaders summit in Bali, Indonesia.

Additionally, the U.S. statements contradict the conclusion released by the Polish Foreign Ministry, which reportedly confirmed that the munition was a Russian missile.

On Nov. 15 Russia launched the most massive missile and drone strike since the beginning of the full-scale invasion of Ukraine. 90 rockets were launched, of which 77 of them 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 un-intercepted missile struck a number of residential buildings.

The mass strike occurred on the first day of the G20 summit, in accordance with projections made by Ukrainian intelligence services.

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