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Report: Russian missile may have passed through Polish airspace before striking Ukraine

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Report: Russian missile may have passed through Polish airspace before striking Ukraine

A senior Polish military official revealed that a Russian missile may have entered his country’s airspace before striking Ukraine, according to a report.

“Everything indicates that a Russian missile entered Polish airspace,” said General Wieslaw Kokula, Polish Defense Minister. He added: “We detected it on radars and it left the airspace. We have confirmation of this on radars and from the allies.” [in NATO]”.

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) reported that Polish President Andrzej Duda called for an emergency security meeting after the object appeared on radar, and 200 police officers searched the area near the town of Hrubieszów, where the radar detected the object in case it landed on Polish territory.

The Polish Defense Forces said the object entered its airspace a distance of 24 miles and left after less than three minutes.

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White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan spoke about the incident with Jacek Siwira, Polish Foreign Minister and head of the National Security Office. Sullivan made clear that the United States would support Poland and offered technical assistance “as needed,” according to a readout of the conversation.

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A soldier drives a military vehicle carrying a Patriot launch unit that is part of the US-made MIM-104 Patriot surface-to-air missile system in an open field in Zamosc, Poland, on February 18.

Sullivan also assured his counterpart that President Biden is closely following the issue, which Siwiera expressed his appreciation for as he stressed that the two governments will remain in close contact on the issue.

Rebecca Kofler, a strategic military intelligence analyst and author of “Putin’s Playbook,” told Fox News Digital that the missile could be part of Russia’s provocation, but such precise targeting is “not exactly the Russian military’s forte.”

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“Unintended escalation has always been a risk in this conflict,” Kofler said. “In this case, Poland is unlikely to respond. This is not the first time this has happened.”

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Firefighters work at the site of a building damaged after a Russian attack in Kiev, Ukraine, on Friday. (Ukrainian Emergency Service via AP)

Three missiles entered Poland during the conflict: one missile, allegedly fired by Ukraine as part of a missile defense mechanism, landed in Poland in November 2022, killing two farmers; Another missile allegedly launched from Belarus landed in a forest in December 2022; Another unidentified object, which may have been a surveillance balloon, entered Polish airspace earlier this year.

Duda’s aide, Grazyna Ignaczak-Bandic, expressed the president’s relief that “no one was injured” following the latest incident.

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The latest object may have been part of a massive missile barrage launched by Russia on Friday, one of the largest launched during the war with Ukraine, which included 122 missiles and 36 drones that struck six different cities, including the capital, Kiev.

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Russian RS-24 Yars ballistic missiles head toward Red Square for a rehearsal for the Victory Day military parade in Moscow on May 7. (AP photo)

The raid resulted in the deaths of 18 people, and Ukrainian forces were able to intercept 87 missiles and shoot down or disable 27 drones.

“some [Russia’s] Kofler pointed out that the weapons lack accuracy, and culturally, they do not care as much as the US military does, if, in addition to the desired target, they destroy everything that is close to it.

Polish military expert Cmdr. Maksimilian Dora told a local media outlet that blaming Russia for the object discovered in Polish airspace may be “premature” because they did not find the missile; He also warned that the missile may still be in Poland because radar did not detect the object leaving the country.

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“As a result of such massive attacks, this could happen,” said Yuri Ihnat, spokesman for the Ukrainian Air Force. “The enemy is attacking our border territories, including in the west. This is another signal to our partners to strengthen Ukrainian air defense.” He said on national television about the incident.

Lawrence Richard of Fox News Digital and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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