Ukraine’s president insists on holding Russia responsible for missile explosion in Poland


KYIV — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Wednesday reiterated his accusation that Russia is responsible for firing a missile that exploded in a Polish village.

Insisting on blaming Russia over the missile, which landed Tuesday in Przewodow, located near the border with Ukraine, Zelenskyy said “Russian aggression took the lives of two Polish citizens.”

Zelenskyy said he spoke with Poland’s President Andrzej Duda on Tuesday and expressed his condolences, adding: “I want all of us to honor the memory of all those whose lives were taken by this Russian war with a minute of silence.”

The Ukrainian position is very transparent, and Kyiv strives to establish all the details and every fact about “the clarification of all the circumstances of how Russian aggression crossed the Polish border,” he said on Telegram.

“That is why we need our specialists to join the work of the international investigation and to get access to all the data available to our partners and the site of the explosion,” he added.

Duda said Wednesday that it is unclear as to who launched the missile strike, but “it was most likely a Russian-made S-300 rocket.”

US President Joe Biden said it was “unlikely” that the missile was fired from Russia but an investigation was ongoing. Biden also spoke with Duda and offered Washington’s support in an investigation into the explosion.

Meanwhile, Russia’s Defense Ministry denied that the country launched missile strikes on Poland. — Agencies

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