Rocket hit in Poland: Ukrainian air defenses probably involved

Dhe rocket hit in Poland’s border area with Ukraine was according to the President Andrzej Duda no targeted attack on the NATO country. There is also no evidence that the missile was fired by Russia, but there is a high probability that it was a Ukrainian anti-aircraft missile, Duda said in Warsaw on Wednesday.

Gerhard Gnauck

Political correspondent for Poland, Ukraine, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania based in Warsaw.

The spokesman for the Ukrainian Air Force, Yuri Ihnat, also indicated this to the FAZ. He said that the day before there had been heavy Russian attacks over the west of the country and successful return fire: “In western Ukraine, 15 rockets were brought down from the sky, ten over the Lviv region alone.” Nevertheless, the city of Lviv was hit by Russian rockets met; it is about 70 kilometers south of the Polish village of Przewodów, where the impact took place.

Ihnat said, “our experts will help the Polish side to investigate this matter, let’s wait for the results”. When asked whether a Ukrainian missile could have struck Poland, he referred to a similar case in the Republic of Moldova. On October 31, a Russian missile approaching from a great distance was hit by Ukrainian air defenses and crashed into the village of Naslavcea near the border, according to the Moldovan government. At that time there was only property damage.

On Wednesday night, Kiev’s foreign minister Dmytro Kuleba on Twitter initially dismissed the version of a Ukrainian missile as a “conspiracy theory”. Defense Minister Oleksiy Resnikov wrote that the partners would be helped with the investigation and hoped for results on Wednesday.

According to initial findings, parts of an anti-aircraft missile of the type were found at the impact site S-300 found. This was in use in the Soviet Union in various versions since 1979, today Russia and Ukraine both have this system. It has been reported several times that the Russian army is also using the S-300 against ground targets during the ongoing war, possibly for cost reasons, although the S-300 is said to be significantly less accurate. The ranges of several S-300 versions would be sufficient, for example, to reach the village of Przewodów and even the city of Lviv from Belarus.

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