Zelensky insists missile that hit Poland WAS Russian – despite NATO & US saying it was a Ukrainian air-defence misfire

Zelensky insists missile that hit Poland WAS Russian – despite NATO & US saying it was a Ukrainian air-defence misfire

Updated: 2 months, 19 days, 22 hours, 35 minutes, 52 seconds ago

UKRAINE'S President Volodymyr Zelensky said he had "no doubt" the missile that hit Poland yesterday WAS Russian - despite counterclaims by NATO and the US.

President Zelensky said he was certain "it was not our missile" that struck and killed two people on a farm four miles from the Ukrainian border.


Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says he has 'no doubt' yesterday missile strike in Poland came from Russia

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Kyiv has called on Poland to give its investigators access to the site of the explosion

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Two people died after a rocket exploded on a farm in Przewodow, Poland

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The aftermath of the explosion caught on camera from my nearby village

He also called on Ukrainian investigators to be given access to the site of the explosion and to be involved in the analysis of debris.

He said: "Based on the credibility of the reports of the military, I believe that it was a Russian missile."

Foreign Secretary James Cleverly earlier said Britain would not make a judgement until after a full investigation.

Urging caution, he said: "Our response will always be led by the facts.

"The only reason why missiles are flying through European skies and exploding in European villages is because of Russia’s barbaric invasion of Ukraine."

Moscow has strongly denied its missiles were involved in yesterday's horror blitz.

Nato and the US have rebuffed those claims and alleged the rocket was "likely" a Ukrainian air defence missile.

US officials suggested the missile was fired by Ukrainian forces at an incoming Russian one amid a huge salvo against power infrastructure Tuesday.

It comes as Polish troops were seen installing an 8ft razor wire fence along its border with Russia.

Soldiers laid miles of the 10ft-wide barbed fencing near Szyliny village close to the Russian enclave of Kalinigrad amid fears Moscow is about to provoke a migrant crisis to wreak havoc in the EU.

NATO allies are bolstering their air defences after yesterday's horror missile strike that killed two people in Poland.

Slovakia is beefing up its air defence systems while Lithuania called on NATO to increase deterrents along its eastern flank with Russia.

Brit PM Rishi Sunak said Russia was to blame for an emergency Nato meeting following the death of two farmers just miles from the Ukrainian border.

It was the first time a missile has strayed across the border from Ukraine since the invasion in February.

G7 and Nato leaders held a series of emergency meetings over the explosion as Russia angrily reacted to initially being blamed for the strike.

But Mr Sunak, attending his first major summit since being appointed PM, said Putin must still shoulder the responsibility for the missile mishap.

“Ukraine is having to use missiles to defend its homeland, is having to defend its homeland against an illegal and barbaric set of strikes by Russia," he said while speaking in Bali.

“Over 80 yesterday, at the same time that we were sitting together gathered as the G20, calling for peace.”

The world nervously awaited last night after US intelligence initially reported the weapon had been fired by the Russians - an act that could have been seen as an attack on the West.

Russia and the West remain at loggerheads over the war in Ukraine - with nations such as the US and UK offering weapons and support to Kyiv.

Moscow has always been furious about this - and so the spectre of Putin's invasion of Ukraine spilling into a wider war, or even World War 3, has cast a long shadow over Europe.

And in a ratcheting up of tensions, one of Putin's close & senior allies Dmitry Medvedev warned the world is heading towards World War 3.

The deputy chair of Russia's top security council seemed to blame the strike on the West.

"The incident with the Ukrainian-alleged 'missile strike' on a Polish farm proves just one thing: waging a hybrid war against Russia, the West moves closer to the world war," wrote Medvedev.

The confusion likely stemmed from the fact Ukraine still maintains stocks of former Soviet and Russian-made weapons - including the S-300 air-defense missile system.

Poland is continuing to investigate the attack after the rocket struck a farm at 3.40pm local time on Tuesday in the village of Przewodów, four miles from the border with Ukraine.


Kyiv suggests it had proof the strike was conducted from Russia

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Russia has denied any involvement in yesterday's attack

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