The Ukrainian air force said it would “make every effort” to assist in the investigation into Tuesday’s missile attack in Poland that killed two people near the Ukrainian border.
“What happened was that the air defenses repelled the air attack,” Yurii Ihnat, a spokesman for Ukraine’s air force command, said on Wednesday.
“What happened next — whether it was a Russian missile, or the wreckage of two rockets that fell — had to be examined on the spot. And that’s what’s happening now.”
What happened yesterday is clearly the aftermath of the war. ”
“There is a need to provide a legal assessment,” Ihnat added. “The process is ongoing and experts are working on it. It is necessary to identify which missile wreckage these are and I don’t think it will be too difficult.”
“We advocate a joint investigation into the missile landing in Poland,” said Oleksiy Danilov, secretary of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council. tweeted.
“We are prepared to hand over the evidence we have of Russian tracks. We look to our partners for information from which we conclude that it is a Ukrainian anti-aircraft missile.”
The Russian Ministry of Defense said Ukraine’s air defenses were responsible for the attack and called the attribution of the explosion to a “Russian missile” a “deliberate provocation aimed at escalating the situation”.
Inat also referred to an incident in late October when a Russian missile intercepted by the Ukrainian military landed on a village in Moldova.
“It’s a situation that really resonates, but it’s not the first time,” he said. In that case, he explained, a Russian missile was shot down by Kyiv “after crossing Ukraine’s border with Moldova.” The wreckage of a missile landed in Moldova. “