Children look at a crater created by an explosion in a residential area after Russian shelling in Solonka, Lviv region, Ukraine, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Mykola Tys)
On Tuesday, Nov. 15 news of a missile landing in Poland outside of the village of Przewodow, killing two people, reached the ears of world leaders and the public. The incident was originally speculated as being a Russian air strike to Ukraine gone wrong. In recent weeks, Russia had made an initiative to “up the ante” on missile strikes against Ukraine in the war that’s already taken the lives of over 5,500 people. Now, information has been released showing that there’s a possibility that this launch was not from Russia but from Ukraine.
Leaders of Poland and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) are now claiming that the missiles, despite being Russian-made, were likely fired by Ukrainians in an attempt to defend their country. United States President Joe Biden also agrees that Ukraine is most likely to have launched it.
“It’s unlikely [from the lines] of trajectory that it was fired from Russia,” said Biden.
The White House officially released a statement on Nov. 16 backing Biden’s statement saying, “We have seen nothing that contradicts President Duda’s preliminary assessment….”
Despite the tragic outcome, leaders are claiming this to be an accident with no ill intent.
“There is no indication that this was an intentional attack on Poland,” tweeted Poland’s President Andrzej Duda.
Leaders of NATO are also coming out with statements to remind the public that despite Ukraine’s hand in this, Ukraine is not the enemy.
“But let me be clear, this is not Ukraine’s fault. Russia bears ultimate responsibility, as it continues its illegal war against Ukraine,” said NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.
The investigation is currently still ongoing with all involved committed to spending all time and resources needed to confirm the true originator of the strike.