US President Joe Biden pushed back on Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s claim that a missile that landed in Poland and killed two people did not originate in Ukraine.
president of ukraine On Wednesday, he said he had “no doubt” that the missile “was not of Ukrainian origin” and called on his officials to go to the blast site.
Ukraine war latest: Biden, Zelensky at odds over Polish missile explanation
Mr. Biden had said the trajectory indicated the missile was unlikely to have come from Russia Asked about Mr. Zelensky’s comments on the issue on Thursday, he told reporters: “It’s not evidence.”
The missile hit a granary on a farm in Przewodow – about four miles from the Polish border with Poland Ukraine.
The explosion sparked an international outcry It could represent a Russian attack on NATO territory after Poland’s foreign ministry described the missile as “Russian-made”.
However, Moscow insists it did not launch missilesthe Russian Ministry of Defense denied Russia’s involvement, saying: “Russia did not attack targets near the Ukrainian-Polish state border by means of sabotage.”
It claimed images of the site showed the wreckage to be that of a Ukrainian S-300 missile.
Three U.S. officials said initial assessments indicated the missile was launched by Ukrainian forces at an incoming Russian missile.
Ukraine maintains stockpiles of Soviet and Russian-made weapons, including anti-aircraft missiles, and has seized more Russian weapons as it pushed back Kremlin forces during the conflict — now in its ninth month.
Missile blasted into Poland That sparked concerns over NATO’s Article 5, which means an attack on a member state is considered an attack on all allies.
But Polish President Andrzej Duda said it was “very likely” his country would instead invoke Article 4, which allows member states to raise security concerns and discuss them.
“From the information we and our allies have, it’s a Soviet-made S-300 rocket, an old rocket, and there’s no evidence that it was launched by the Russian side,” he said.
“It is highly likely that the Ukrainian air defenses launched it to protect Ukrainian territory.”
NATO ambassadors have held emergency talks in response to the war’s first deadly expansion into Western alliance territory.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg also addressed Tuesday’s events, saying that regardless of the outcome of the bombing investigation, Russia “has ultimate responsibility for continuing its illegal war against Ukraine.”
“It’s not Ukraine’s fault,” he said.
The incident occurred during what Ukraine said was Russia’s largest missile attack on its territory since its incursion began in February.
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