The Polish newspaper Wyborcza published a map which, according to the publication, explains the hit of a Ukrainian missile on the village of Przewoduv territory of the Lublin Voivodeship in the southeast of the country. As a result of the arrival of a projectile from the S-300 anti-aircraft missile system, two people were killed.
Russian “Lenta.ru” and “Izvestia” pointed out inconsistencies in such an explanation. The main one is that the Dobrotvorskaya CHPP is located in the northeast of Lviv and the location of the Ukrainian air defense. And the S-300 rocket flew northwest towards the border with Poland. That is, if the Ukrainians really wanted to intercept a Russian missile, they should have fired in the other direction. Or, for some reason, the rocket deviated from its original trajectory and turned towards Poland.
military expert Michal Pekarski noted that a shell that fell on Polish territory indicates an insufficiently strong air defense system in the country. According to him, Warsaw is only buying modern weapons, but even if it were, then in this situation there was very little time to respond.
He stressed that no country in the world has such an air defense system that can cover the entire territory of the state. Especially when it comes to sparsely populated border areas where there are no strategically important facilities. november. She hit the grain dryer, where at that time the tractor was being weighed. As a result of the incident, two 60-year-old local farmers were killed.
Initially, there was information that there were two rockets, not one. However, on November 17, Duda said that he was in Przevoduv at the scene of the incident and that no traces of the second shell had yet been found on Polish territory. launched by Russian troops. The Polish media also wrote about this. Moscow denied any involvement. The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation reported that the statements about the fall of Russian missiles are “a deliberate provocation with the aim of escalation.” And Moscow did not strike that day at the objects located near the Polish-Ukrainian border.
Warsaw promptly held consultations with NATO partners. After that, reports began to appear from both the Polish and the American side that the rocket that fell in Pszewoduv was most likely Ukrainian. The incident itself is a tragic accident. Almost simultaneously, Russian and Western military experts identified from a photo that the fragments of a shell that fell in Poland are elements of the S-300 guided anti-aircraft missile, which are in service with Ukraine.
Despite statements from Washington , Warsaw and Ankara (Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was one of the first to express doubts about the version of the Russian missile), Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky continued to insist until the morning of November 17 that Kyiv was not involved in the incident. Later, he changed his rhetoric, stating that he did not have accurate data.
Ukrainian air defense worked in the Lviv region. Zelensky noted that all the circumstances of the incident would be clear after an investigation, which would allow Ukrainian specialists who had already left for Poland.
However, his Polish colleague Duda later stated that the Ukrainian side would not participation in the investigation of the incident, despite the relevant requests from Kyiv. Nevertheless, Ukrainian specialists can count on familiarization with the case materials within the framework of international law.
“In order to be able to talk about participation in investigative actions, the relevant rules of international law international treaties. This is always an activity within the framework of the so-called legal assistance, ”Duda explained.
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said that Russia is in any case responsible for the incident in Poland. At the same time, he noted that Washington does not see evidence that contradicts the conclusions of Warsaw that the rocket that fell in Poland was Ukrainian.