Blame For Missile Attack On Poland Now Moves To Ukraine, NATO On Alert — Top Points

Poland early on Wednesday said that a suspected Russian-made missile struck a village in the eastern part of the country, killing two people from the blast late Tuesday. The preliminary investigation indicates that the missile that struck the country had been fired by Ukrainian forces at an incoming Russian missile, the US officials said as reported by the news agency Associated Press.

  • The initial findings from the Poland explosion that killed 2 people suggest that the missile that hit the eastern part of the country was fired by Ukrainian forces at an incoming Russian missile, according to US officials, as reported by the news agency AP.
  • Earlier, a senior U.S. intelligence official told the AP that Russian missiles crossed into Poland.
  • US President Biden, who is currently attending the G20 summit in Bali, called for an emergency meeting with the Group of Seven and NATO leaders in Indonesia on Wednesday morning to discuss the explosion on the NATO territory which has the potential to escalate the Ukraine conflict into a new even more dangerous dimension.
  • Biden said that the United States and its NATO allies are investigating the blast and it is unlikely that the missile was fired from Russia due to its trajectory. “There is preliminary information that contests that. I don’t want to say that until we completely investigate. But it is unlikely in the minds [sic] of its trajectory that it was fired from Russia.” 
  • The White House said in a statement that Biden spoke with Polish President Andrzej Duda and “expressed deep condolences for the loss of life in eastern Poland earlier this evening.” “President Biden offered full US support for and assistance with Poland’s investigation,” said the statement.
  • Poland has put its military on high alert on Tuesday after an emergency national security council meeting. “There has been a decision to raise the state of readiness of some combat units and other uniformed services,” spokesman Piotr Muller told reporters.
  • Poland President Andrzej Duda told reporters, “We do not have any conclusive evidence at the moment as to who launched this missile … it was most likely a Russian-made missile, but this is all still under investigation at the moment.”
  • Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the president of Ukraine, condemned Russia for the attack and called it “a very significant escalation”. Russia has denied having any part in the attack.
  • NATO ambassadors will meet today at the request of Poland on the basis of NATO’s Article 4. According to Article 4 of NATO, members can raise any issue of concern related to the security of a member country. 
  • The G7 consists of Canada, Italy, France, Germany, the UK, the US and Japan. The two EU leaders Charles Michel and Ursula von der Leyen also attended the meeting, as did the Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte and the Spanish prime minister Pedro Sánchez. Among the national leaders, only Japan is not a member of the Nato alliance.