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Poland blast was likely Ukraine air defence missile: Belgian defence minister

Poland blast was likely Ukraine air defence missile: Belgian defence minister

Police investigate the site where a missile strike killed two people on Nov 17, 2022 in the eastern Poland village of Przewodow, near the border with war-ravaged Ukraine. (Photo: AFP/Wojtek Radwanski)

BRUSSELS: The explosion that killed two Polish civilians in a village near the Ukraine border was probably caused by Ukrainian air defence units firing at incoming Russian missiles, the Belgian defence minister said Wednesday (Nov 16).

"The missile strikes in Poland last night are being fully investigated by our intelligence service, which is in close contact with NATO partner services," Ludivine Dedonder said in a statement.

"Based on the preliminary information available, the strikes are most likely a result of Ukrainian anti-aircraft systems that were engaged to take Russian missiles out of the sky."

A NATO source said United States President Joe Biden had informed the Group of Seven and NATO partners that the blast in Poland had been caused by a Ukrainian air defence missile. 

Russia's defence ministry also said on Wednesday that the explosion was caused by a Ukrainian air defence missile, and that Russian strikes in Ukraine had been no closer than 35km from the Polish border.

"The photos published in the evening of Nov 15 in Poland of the wreckage found in the village of Przewodow are unequivocally identified by Russian defence industry specialists as elements of an anti-aircraft guided missile of the S-300 air defence system of the Ukrainian air force," RIA news agency quoted the defence ministry as saying.

It was not possible to independently verify the images or the identification.

Source: Agencies/rc
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