On Tuesday, Polish officials said a “Russian-made missile” landed in Przewodow, Poland on the Ukraine border. The accusation comes after Russia launched a new wave of missile attacks across Ukraine, but Moscow has denied the allegations.
However, according to US officials, initial findings show the missile that hit Poland may have been fired by Ukrainian forces, the Associated Press has reported.
The official origins of the missile are currently unknown and are still being investigated.
The Guardian’s diplomatic editor Patrick Wintour has reported that the missile may have been an S-300 which are air missile in the possession of Ukraine.
Earlier today, President Joe Biden said the missile that hit Poland “unlikely” came from Russia but added: “I’m going to make sure we figure out exactly what happened.”
Speaking at the G20 conference in Bali, Indonesia the US leader said that “there is preliminary information that contests” the notion that the missile came from Russia.
A police officer walks past a check point at Przewodow, Poland. (Image: Getty Images)
He said: “I don’t want to say until we completely investigate. It is unlikely in the lines of the trajectory that it was fired from Russia, but we’ll see.”
He did not address where the missile could have been fired from in his statement.
France has urged that there must be “utmost caution” on assessing who is responsible for the missile in Poland.
An official from the French presidency office was quoted by the Agence France-Presse and said: “It’s logical that we approach the question with utmost caution… Many countries have the same kind of weapons, so identifying the type of missile won’t necessarily identify who is behind it.”
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has confirmed he has spoken with Polish President Andrzej Duda and expressed his condolences.
In a statement, he said: “This is a terrible incident and it is necessary to carefully clarify how it came about.”
Polish leader Andrzej Duda has told the media it remained unclear who the missile blast occurred, but said they would be investigating all possibilities.
He said: “We do not have any conclusive evidence at the moment as to who launched this missile … it was most likely a Russian-made missile, but this is all still under investigation at the moment.”
Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov has said he had no information on the attack, but Russian state news agency Ria Novosti has claimed it was a Ukrainian missile that hit Polish territory.
Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has said the claim the missile belonged to Ukraine is a Russian “conspiracy theory” and said anyone repeating the claim was spearing “Russian propaganda”.
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US President Joe Biden has met with Rishi Sunak and both condemned the recent missile strikes Russia launched on Ukraine, calling them “barbaric”.
President Biden reportedly told Mr Sunak: “We’re going to continue to support Ukraine as long as Russia continues their aggression.
“I’m glad we’re on the same page in terms of supporting Ukraine.”
The pair have both declined to take any questions from reporters about the missile explosion in Poland.