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NATO and Poland conclude missile strike on Polish farmland that killed 2 was not a Russian attack

NATO's preliminary analysis suggests the incident was likely caused by a Ukrainian air defense missile fired to defend Ukrainian territory against Russian cruise missile attacks.

Poland's President Andrzej-Sebastian-Duda takes questions while visiting the village of Przewodów
Poland's President Andrzej-Sebastian-Duda takes questions while visiting the village of Przewodów (AN/Polsat )

NATO and its member nation Poland said they determined that a missile that landed in Polish farmland and killed two people appeared to be unintentional, likely a launch from neighboring Ukraine's missile defenses against Russia.

The announcement came after NATO ambassadors met on Wednesday to address the explosion by Poland's eastern border with Ukraine. NATO's Supreme Allied Commander Europe, General Christopher Cavoli, briefed the meeting while Poland's NATO Ambassador Tomasz Szatkowski, updated Allies on the incident.

"Since the start of Russia's illegal war in Ukraine, NATO has increased vigilance across our eastern flank," said NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. "We have no indication that this was the result of a deliberate attack and we have no indication that Russia is preparing offensive military actions against NATO."

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