NATO partners will examine a possible no-fly zone over Ukraine after an alleged Russian missile landed in Poland, Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto said on Wednesday.
NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg has called an emergency meeting of NATO ambassadors in Brussels to discuss the explosion that took place late Tuesday in the eastern part of Poland near the border with Ukraine. Finland will also attend.
“Closing the airspace [above Ukraine] will definitely be discussed. Various options of how we can protect Ukraine are on the table,” Haavisto told reporters.
Ukraine promptly blamed Russia for the strike at a grain dryer in Poland that killed two people. The Russian military denied having struck the Polish-Ukrainian border.
Earlier, Poland announced that a Russian-made missile fell in the country’s east, killing two people. However, according to the latest reports, it is being said that the missile may not have been fired from Russia.
Poland’s Radio ZET broke the news that an errant Russian missile hit a village in Poland and killed two people working in a field.
The accident was reported as Russia launched a new barrage of missiles on Ukraine on November 15, firing nearly 100 missiles at its cities. This is the biggest missile attack on Ukraine since October 10, when about 80 odd missiles struck Ukrainian cities.
BREAKING: Biden says the missile that hit Poland is unlikely to have come from Russia pic.twitter.com/mWaHlBuqgl
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) November 16, 2022
The preliminary reports about the missile strike were attributed to Russia alone, causing global furor and several quarters warning of the conflict spilling over to the neighboring countries.
However, it is now believed that the missile that struck Poland belonged to Ukraine.
Citing some unnamed US officials, Associated Press reported that the initial findings suggest that the missile that hit Poland was fired by Ukrainian forces at an incoming Russian missile.
Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba tweeted: “Russia now promotes a conspiracy theory that it was allegedly a missile of Ukrainian air defense that fell on the Polish theory. Which is not true. No one should buy Russian propaganda or amplify its messages. This lesson should have been long learned since the downing of #MH17.
Russia now promotes a conspiracy theory that it was allegedly a missile of Ukrainian air defense that fell on the Polish theory. Which is not true. No one should buy Russian propaganda or amplify its messages. This lesson should have been long learnt since the downing of #MH17.
— Dmytro Kuleba (@DmytroKuleba) November 15, 2022