Ukraine informed Pentagon about intercepting Russian missiles near Polish border

16 November 2022, 08:09 PM
The crater at the site of the missile impact (Photo:REUTERS)

The crater at the site of the missile impact (Photo:REUTERS)

The Ukrainian military has told the United States of its attempted intercept of a Russian missile near the location of the Nov. 15 missile incident in Poland, CNN reported on Nov. 16, citing a U.S. defense official.

"The Ukrainian military told U.S. and allies that it attempted to intercept a Russian missile during the timeframe and near that location of the Poland missile strike," the report reads.

It's still unclear if the Ukrainian anti-air missile is the same one that struck Poland; a joint U.S.-Polish investigation is still ongoing.

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Echoing what U.S. President Joe Biden said earlier, the source added that the missile’s trajectory suggested it’s unlikely it was launched from Russia.

On Nov. 16, Polish President Andrzej Duda said the incident might have been caused by a Ukrainian air defense missile, as Russia has launched nearly 100 missiles at Ukraine on Nov. 15, some of which were aiming at targets close to Poland’s borders.

“It demonstrates that the war in Ukraine, which is President Putin's responsibility, continues to create dangerous situations," NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said.

Ukrainian Air Force spokesman Yuriy Ihnat said Kyiv will make all effort to help investigate the missile incident in Poland.

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