Wednesday, November 16, 2022

President Duda: "It was not an attack on Poland"

 - The Russian side is to blame for the entire incident yesterday. There is no indication that this was an intentional attack on Poland. It was not a rocket aimed at Poland, - said the President of the Republic of Poland, Andrzej Duda, at a press conference.

We have strengthened the readiness of the Polish Armed Forces - some units, including air defense. We act calmly and prudently - said the President.

"Yesterday we witnessed a massive Russian attack on Ukraine on an unprecedented scale. At least one hundred rockets were fired. Virtually the entire territory of Ukraine was bombed, including the border areas, i.e. the Lviv and Volyn regions. Russian missiles fell on cities in this part of Ukraine. Ukraine also defended itself by firing rockets whose task was to shoot down Russian missiles. We were dealing with a serious clash caused by the Russian side," - Duda said.

Andrzej Duda pointed out that "it was most likely a Russian-made rocket, probably manufactured in the 1970s, an S-300 rocket."

"Therefore, the next question is who launched this missile. Now we have no evidence that the missile was launched by the Russian side. There is a high probability that it was a defense missile used by the Ukrainian defense forces." - he said.

"The Russian missiles were cruise missiles. Some of them flew to the vicinity of Polish territory and turned back east, so the Ukrainian air defenses fired missiles in different directions. It is highly probable that one of these missiles fell on Polish territory. There was no classic explosion of the rocket's explosive charge, but it was probably the result of the rocket's fall, combined with the explosion of the fuel that remained in the rocket," - said Duda.

"Our investigators are currently conducting activities there, as well as US investigators. Yesterday, President Biden declared his support for this investigation. It is an investigation conducted jointly. We are constantly in direct contact with our NATO allies," - he said.

Sources: The official website of the President of the Republic of Poland / Portal Niezalezna-pl