Poland’s ambassador to the United Nations says the nation acted with “complete restraint” after a suspected Russian-made missile landed inside its border on Tuesday, killing two Polish residents and sparking fears of an escalation in conflict Russia vs. Ukraine.
Talking on the UN Safety Council (UNSC) on Wednesday, Krzysztof Szczerski mentioned Poland instantly launched an “in depth multi-phase investigation” into the incident, which Warsaw and NATO mentioned was doubtless attributable to a missile fired by Ukrainian forces defending their nation in opposition to Russian assaults.
“Poland can also be conducting intensive consultations on the incident with its key NATO allies and companions,” he mentioned, noting that the incident had prompted Poland to extend the fight readiness of an armed forces unit targeted on airspace surveillance.
Two farmers have been killed when the missile exploded outdoors the agricultural village of Przewodow in jap Poland, about 4 miles (6.4 kilometers) west of the border with Ukraine.
Tuesday’s incident marks the primary time a NATO nation has been immediately hit in the course of the almost nine-month battle and prompted an emergency assembly of ambassadors from the US-led navy alliance in Brussels on Wednesday.
Szczerski mentioned the incident “teaches us how shut we actually are to the potential escalation within the spillover of Russia’s conflict of aggression in opposition to Ukraine with far-reaching penalties that we will all understand.”
He added that the 2 Polish victims “wouldn’t have died if there had not been a Russian conflict in opposition to Ukraine.”
“His solely fault was the truth that he lives close to civilian infrastructure on the Ukrainian facet of the border that Russia continues to assault as a navy goal,” he mentioned.
NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg mentioned Russia bears “final accountability” for the incident, “because it continues its unlawful conflict in opposition to Ukraine.”
The explosion got here across the identical time as Russia launched its largest wave of missile assaults on Ukrainian cities in additional than a month, principally concentrating on vitality infrastructure.
The Polish ambassador repeated his nation’s preliminary evaluation that the incident seemed to be unintentional.
“The primary findings assist the speculation that the occasion was not a deliberate assault. However naturally we now have to attend for the ultimate conclusion till the investigation is over,” Szczerski advised the UNSC.
The investigations on the web site the place the missile fell will stay a joint operation with the US, Polish President Andrzej Duda mentioned on Wednesday. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has requested to permit Ukrainian consultants to enter the positioning.
The US Nationwide Safety Council mentioned it has “full confidence” within the Polish investigation into the explosion and that Russia is “in the end accountable” for the incident for its ongoing invasion.