“From the information that we and our allies have, it was an S-300 rocket made in the Soviet Union, an old rocket and there is no evidence that it was launched by the Russian side.”
NATO and Poland announced there is “no evidence” Russia launched the missile that landed in Poland along its border with Ukraine. It hit a grain facility and killed two people:
“This is not Ukraine’s fault. Russia bears ultimate responsibility as it continues its illegal war against Ukraine,” NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told reporters in Brussels.
NATO ambassadors were holding emergency talks to respond to the blast on Tuesday that killed two people at a grain facility in Poland near the Ukrainian border, the war’s first deadly spillover onto the territory of the Western military alliance.
“From the information that we and our allies have, it was an S-300 rocket made in the Soviet Union, an old rocket and there is no evidence that it was launched by the Russian side,” Polish President Andrzej Duda said. “It is highly probable that it was fired by Ukrainian anti-aircraft defense.”
The Polish radio station I cited yesterday continues to provide updates. I used Google translate:
If any of the missiles were intentionally heading towards Poland, we would know about it and could react in many cases. Of course, one must be aware that no air defense system is able to be 100% effective, Tomasz Szatkowski, Poland’s ambassador to NATO, told journalists.
“NATO allies are not part of the conflict in Ukraine,” Stoltenberg said. This was the answer to the question why the Alliance “does not want to help defend the skies over Ukraine to help intercept missiles sent from Russia.” He added, however, that NATO will continue to provide Ukraine with air defense assets.
Stoltenberg: – NATO countries agree that we must remain vigilant, calm and closely coordinated.
He stressed that the incident did not meet the criteria of a “premeditated attack”.
NATO and Europe have continued to push against a no-fly zone because it “would post a threat of direct confrontation between Russia and NATO.”
Don't know who all needs to hear this, but a No Fly Zone is not a magical umbrella that prevents planes flying in a given area. It's a decision to shoot at planes that fly in a given area, including with one's own planes. To put in a no fly zone is to go to war.
— Olya Oliker aka Dr. Olga Oliker (she/her) (@OlyaOliker) February 25, 2022
Ukraine also wants access to the site, even though it is in Poland:
Oleksiy Danilov, Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine, said Ukraine wanted a joint study of Tuesday’s incident with its partners and to see the information that provided the basis for its allies’ conclusions.
Kyiv is “completely open to a comprehensive study of the situation,” he wrote on the council’s official Facebook page.
Danilov also said Ukraine has evidence of a “Russian trace” in the incident and echoed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in blaming Russia’s “missile terror”. Danilov provided no details of what evidence he was citing.
Then again, it didn’t help that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy jumped to conclusions, demanding action from NATO since Poland is a member.
“NATO needs to act”
“This is a Russian missile strike”
“This is a very serious escalation”
“Put Russia in its place. Terrorists”
That’s what @ZelenskyyUa said about the missiles that hit Poland. Now we know that these were Ukrainian missiles. Stop supporting this lunatic.
— Kim Dotcom (@KimDotcom) November 16, 2022
UKRAINE'S PRESIDENT ZELENSKIY SAYS RUSSIAN MISSILES HAVE STRUCK POLAND
ZELENSKIY SAYS RUSSIAN MISSILE STRIKES ON NATO TERRITORY A SIGNIFICANT ESCALATION, ACTION IS NEEDED
— zerohedge (@zerohedge) November 15, 2022
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