On Tuesday, missiles were fired over NATO territory and killed two people in Poland. Initially, the missile was thought to have been fired by Russia but, after further investigation, it is now being suggested that the missile was Ukrainian. Regardless of the source, political world leaders are blaming Russia for the attack.

The two people killed by the missile strike were in the village of Przewodów, which is near the Ukrainian border.

On Tuesday, Russia launched its largest wave of missile strikes on Ukrainian territory. According to Ukraine, their air defense systems were able to shoot most of these Russian missiles down.

It is suspected that it was one of the Ukrainian air defense missiles that unintentionally landed in Poland.

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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg confirmed this theory with the BBC, saying, “Most likely this is a Ukrainian air defense missile.”

Stoltenberg also said, “We have no indication that this is a deliberate attack from Russia,” adding that there was “no doubt that Russia is responsible because this would not have happened if Russia had not launched a barrage of missile attacks against Ukrainian cities yesterday, as they have done many times before during this war.”

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Polish President Andrzej Duda gave a statement on the missile, saying that it was “highly probable” that it came from Ukraine. However, he added that there is no indication that Poland was deliberately targeted.

Duda said, “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.”

The White House has echoed this position on who is to blame for the misfired missile.

On Wednesday, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said, “We’re still gathering information but we have seen nothing that contradicts President Duda’s preliminary assessment that this explosion was most likely the result of a Ukrainian air defense missile that unfortunately landed in Poland.”

Austin added, “Russia bears ultimate responsibility for this incident.”

On Wednesday, National Security Council spokesperson Adrienne Watson said, “whatever the final conclusions may be, it is clear that the party ultimately responsible for this tragic incident is Russia, which launched a barrage of missiles on Ukraine specifically intended to target civilian infrastructure.”

“Ukraine had, and has, every right to defend itself,” added Watson.

Although no one is casting blame on Ukraine, even if it was their missile, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is firmly denying these allegations. Zelensky said, “I have no doubt this is not our missile. I believe this was a Russian missile, based on our military reports.”

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