A missile crossed into NATO member Poland on Tuesday afternoon, killing two people in a Polish village near the border with Ukraine. Investigations are still ongoing as to the source of the missile.
The European Union pledged support to Poland. Russia denied any involvement in the missile strikes.
Where did the missile come from?
Initial reports stated that the missiles were launched from Russia, however, this claim could not be verified.
Preliminary investigations showed that the missile was Russian-made, but the Polish president said early Wednesday that it was not clear who fired the missile.
While US President Joe Biden said the missile may not have originated from Russia, Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto said in a press conference on Wednesday that it was too early to say where the missile came from.
US officials stated that preliminary findings indicated that the missile was fired by Ukrainian forces at an incoming Russian missile, the Associated Press reported.
Several countries, including China and Germany, have called for investigations pending calm in the missile strike, with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz warning against reaching any “hasty” conclusion about the source of the missile.
what happened after that?
NATO ambassadors will meet on Wednesday morning to discuss the missile strike in Poland near the Ukrainian border, with Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg scheduled to brief the press on their talks.
DW’s Terry Schultz reports from Brussels that Warsaw has not requested an Article 4 meeting from NATO.
Poland’s National Security Council (BBN) is due to hold a second meeting at 11:00 GMT on Wednesday amid growing fears that the Ukraine conflict could spill over into neighboring countries after a rocket attack killed two people in eastern Poland.
“BBN is currently analyzing the arrangements made so far with commanders, heads of agencies and allies,” BBN chief Jacek Soeira said in a Twitter post.
BBN met on Tuesday evening after news of the strike spread.
los/sms (AFP, Reuters, AP, dpa)