Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy: Ukraine not to blame for Poland missile strike

by Ten Bottemiller

Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, said he had “no doubt” that Ukraine is not to blame for the missile that crossed into Poland during a Russian attack, killing two people, reported CNBC.

On Tuesday, a missile from the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict crossed the border of Poland and killed two civilians and immediate suspicion arose over the missile being from Russia, which caused NATO to get involved in the war discussion as a whole. 

The 30-country military alliance of NATO met to discuss the situation and investigate which fighting country is at fault for the missile. Both Poland and the Secretary General of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, initially assumed the missile was from Russia, but came to the conclusion that the attack was most likely unintentional and from Ukrainian air defense. Reuters reported, “Russia bears ultimate responsibility as it continues its illegal war against Ukraine,” Stoltenberg said to reporters in Brussels.

Poland and NATO allies agreed the attack was not purposeful and an accident from Ukraine. CNN reported Russia began a large-scale attack earlier that day and denied all fault in the incident. “There was no indication this was the result of a deliberate attack,” Stoltenberg said. 

“Today, Russian missiles hit Poland, the territory of our friendly country. People died,” Zelenskyy said. “It’s only a matter of time before Russian terror goes further.”

The Polish president, Andrzej Duda, said the missile was likely a Russian-made S-300, made throughout the Soviet era. Ukraine was previously a part of the Soviet Union and had access to some Russian weaponry, seizing more of it throughout the fighting and invasion.

“Ukraine’s defense was launching their missiles in various directions, and it is highly probable that one of these missiles unfortunately fell on Polish territory,” Duda said. “There is nothing, absolutely nothing, to suggest that it was an intentional attack on Poland.”

Despite forgiveness from NATO and assurance that the incident was not truly Ukraine’s fault, Zelenskyy continues to refuse responsibility. 

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