Ukraine Latest: Biden Pledges Backing for Polish Rocket Probe

Ukraine Latest: Biden Pledges Backing for Polish Rocket Probe

Updated: 19 days, 6 hours, 35 seconds ago

(Bloomberg) -- US President Joe Biden pledged “full support” for Poland’s investigation after a rocket struck a village just over the border from Ukraine, and said “preliminary information” suggested the projectile, which killed two people, was not fired from Russia.

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Russia’s military may have missed an intended target from inside Ukraine, or a Ukrainian countermeasure could have knocked the rocket off course, according to an official from a Group of Seven nation.

Russia earlier denied its forces had aimed missiles at targets near Ukraine’s frontier with Poland, while Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told reporters on the sidelines of the G-20 summit that he respected Russia’s statement as well as Biden’s remarks.

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On the Ground

Russian forces conducted the largest set of missile strikes against Ukrainian critical infrastructure since the start of the war on Tuesday, according to the latest report from the Washington-based Institute for the Study of War. The Russian military likely used a substantial portion of its remaining high-precision weapon systems in the coordinated missile strikes, the ISW said.

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Sweden Supplies Ukraine With Air Defense (8:45 a.m.)

Sweden unveiled its largest aid package to Ukraine to date, including 3 billion kronor ($290 million) in military assistance and 720 million kronor in humanitarian aid.

The package includes an air-defense system and ammunition, Defense Minister Pal Jonson and Foreign Trade Minister Johan Forssell told reporters in Stockholm.

Ukraine’s Power Infrastructure Recovering (8:20 a.m.)

Utility services are gradually resuming in Ukraine’s regions and major cities after damage inflicted by Russia’s missile barrage on Tuesday.

Water and heating are being supplied to customers as usual, while power has been restored in the country’s capital Kyiv after almost half of its inhabitants were cut off, local military authorities said.

NATO Ambassadors to Discuss Rocket Incident (8:15 a.m.)

Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg will chair a meeting of NATO ambassadors later on Wednesday to discuss the rocket incident in Poland and will brief reporters afterward at the alliance’s headquarters in Brussels.

Poland Says Ukraine Uses Same Type of Rocket (8 a.m.)

Ukraine also deploys the type of Russian-made missile that landed in Polish territory on Tuesday, according to Agnieszka Scigaj, a minister in the prime minister’s office in Warsaw.

Scigaj told broadcaster TVN24 that so far there’s only evidence of a single rocket landing on Polish soil near the Ukrainian border after initial reports pointed to two strikes. Scigaj said the investigation is ongoing and it’s still not clear who fired the missile.

Most G-20 Leaders Condemn War (7:30 a.m.)

A majority of G-20 nations condemned Russia’s war in Ukraine, according to a joint declaration issued Wednesday after a summit that suggested Vladimir Putin’s government is becoming more isolated.

“Most members strongly condemned the war in Ukraine and stressed it is causing immense human suffering and exacerbating existing fragilities in the global economy -- constraining growth, increasing inflation, disrupting supply chains, heightening energy and food insecurity, and elevating financial stability risks,” G-20 leaders said.

Blinken Refers to ‘Explosion in Poland’ (7 a.m.)

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said he discussed the rocket incident -- which he called “the explosion in eastern Poland” -- with his Polish and Ukrainian counterparts.

“We pledged to remain closely coordinated in the days ahead as the investigation proceeds and we determine appropriate next steps,” Blinken said in a tweet.

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