Polen’s president calmed tempers on Wednesday. The rocket that hit the Polish border town of Przewodów “most likely” came from the Ukrainian air defenses. Absolutely nothing, Duda continued and obviously overlooking Russia, indicate a deliberate attack on his country. The weapon that killed two people is more likely to be a missile from the Ukrainian air defense system.
The impact on Tuesday evening had caused a great deal of excitement. Poland announced that night that it would step up its airspace surveillance. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba called for a tough and “principled” response on Russia. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said he was “very concerned”. NATO held an emergency meeting in Brussels. Russia itself said it had not attacked any Ukrainian targets located closer than 35 kilometers to the border with Poland.
In fact, given the massive attacks on the Ukraine flew across the border on Monday and – by mistake or as a deliberate provocation – landed on Polish territory. In previous attacks on western Ukraine, Russian missiles fell not far from the border. However, serious assessments were impossible until reliable information about the missile type was available.
S-300 anti-aircraft system missile
At the latest when America’s President Joe Biden pointed out that the projectile was a missile from the anti-aircraft system S-300 acted, doubts about Russia’s authorship were appropriate – for technical reasons.
The S-300 is a family of anti-aircraft missile systems developed in the Soviet Union since the early 1970s. Both the Ukrainian and the Russian armed forces continue to use them, even if Moscow’s troops have long since had significantly more powerful systems with the S-400 and, since last year, the S-500.