U.S. Officials Believe Poland Was Hit by Ukrainian Missiles; Biden Claims It “Unlikely” That Russia Was Responsible


    U.S. officials are now informing the Associated Press that deadly explosions in Poland blamed on Moscow by Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky may have been caused by missiles launched by Ukrainian forces. President Joe Biden told reporters it is “unlikely” that Russia is responsible.

    President Zelensky has been quick to assert that the blasts that killed two people at a grain drying plant in Przewodow, a Polish border town, were the result of “Russian missile terror,” adding that “[Ukraine], [Poland], all of Europe and the world must be fully protected from terrorist Russia.”

    However, three U.S. officials who “spoke on condition of anonymity” because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly have since informed the Associated Press that preliminary investigations suggest that it was Ukraine that attacked Poland, probably with an anti-aircraft missile or missiles fired at an oncoming Russian attack that went off course.

    During a press conference during the G20 summit in Indonesia, U.S. President Joe Biden appeared to echo these views on the subject of the missiles being launched by Russia and said there was “preliminary information that contests that.”

    He said, “It is unlikely in the lines of the trajectory that it was fired from Russia, but we'll see,” while reserving a definite verdict until the investigation is completed.

    Initially, an AP source who claimed to be a “senior U.S. intelligence official,” was quoted as making the claim that “Russian missiles crossed into NATO member Poland.” However, by the time the article was published, the claim had been discredited.

    On its part, Poland is claiming that the missiles that struck their territories were “most probably” made in Russia — even though Russia and Ukraine have a common inventory of older missiles that date back to the Soviet period. Poland has called Russia's ambassador “and demanded immediate, detailed explanations,” according to a statement issued by officials.

    “We are acting with calm,” declared the country's conservative national president, Andrzej Duda. “This is a difficult situation.”

    Russia's official position is that efforts to accuse them of the blasts in Poland are a “deliberate provocation to escalate the situation,” and “Russian firepower has launched no strikes at the area between [the] Ukrainian-Polish border.”


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