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Missile ‘probably’ came from Ukraine not Russia – says Poland

A missile that hit Poland killing two people may have been a Ukrainian air defence missile, according to Polish President, Andrzej Duda.

Mr Duda appeared to ease many fraying nerves when on Wednesday he said there was no evidence to suggest the incident was an intentional attack by Russia.

The announcement by Poland, which followed similar suggestions by US President, Joe Biden, was likely to ease global concern that the nine-month-old war in Ukraine could spill across the border.

Ambassadors of the 30-member US-led North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) were holding emergency talks to respond to the blast on Tuesday that killed two people at a grain facility in Poland near the Ukrainian border – making it the war’s first deadly spillover onto the territory of the Western military alliance.

“From the information that we and our allies have, it was an S-300 rocket made in the Soviet Union, an old rocket and there is no evidence that it was launched by the Russian side,” President Duda said.

“It is highly probable that it was fired by Ukrainian anti-aircraft defence.”

Poland signalled it would in the end not invoke NATO’s article 4, which provides for consultations among allies in the face of a security threat, since the explosion was likely caused by a Ukrainian air defence missile and not by Russia.

Writing by Tony Okerafor