Poland, NATO say missile strike wasn’t a Russian attack

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Polish police officers search for missile wreckage in the field, near the place where a missile struck, killing two people in a farmland at the Polish village of Przewodow, near the border with Ukraine, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

By VASILISA STEPANENKO
Associated Press

PRZEWODOW, Poland (AP) – NATO’s chief and the president of Poland say there are no indications that a missile that fell on Polish farmland and killed two people was a deliberate attack.

They said that Ukraine likely launched the Soviet-era projectile as it was fending off a Russian air assault.

Tuesday’s incident came as Russia launched missiles and drones that savaged Ukraine’s power grid.

Poland said the missile was Russian-made. U.S. President Joe Biden said it was “unlikely” that Russia fired it.

Three U.S. officials said preliminary assessments suggested it was fired by Ukrainian forces at an incoming Russian missile.

Ukraine’s president said he did not believe the missile was Ukrainian and asked for more evidence.