Poland president says missile that killed two likely 'unfortunate accident' by Ukrainian air defense

There is no evidence the Russian-made missile was launched in an intentional attack.

Updated: November 16, 2022 - 8:03am

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Poland President Andrzej Duda said Wednesday that the missile that killed two people in Poland a day earlier was likely an "unfortunate accident" by Ukrainian air defense – following widespread, earlier reports that it was likely fired by Russia in its attacks on Ukraine.

On Tuesday, Ukraine was hit by dozens missiles from Russia, including ones targeting the capital of Kyiv. 

There is no evidence the Russian-made missile was launched in an intentional attack, nor is there evidence that the rocket was launched by Russian forces, Duda tweeted.

At about the same time, President Biden said that the missile having been fired by Russia was "unlikely."

Reports that Russia appearing to have fired a missile that landed in a NATO-member country also sparked widespread speculation about the possible international response. 

Duda also said: "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. It is highly probable that it was fired by Ukrainian anti-aircraft defense."

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