Poland says Russian missile entered then exited its airspace | EUROtoday

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“T“It indicates that a Russian missile entered Polish airspace” Friday morning, Chief of the General Staff of the Polish Army, General Wieslaw Kukula, instructed the press. “We spotted it using radar. He left this space immediately, heading towards Ukraine, the general continued. “We have radar confirmations, both nationally and from allies,” he added.

The missile flew over Polish airspace for 3 minutes, over round forty kilometers, stated Maciej Klisz, operational commander of the Polish military. “We sent our forces there, planes to intercept it and shoot it down if necessary, but time [de survol] and the way he maneuvered […] made it impossible and allowed the missile to leave Polish territory,” General Klisz additional declared. Following a big wave of strikes towards Ukraine, Poland’s air protection system was placed on alert in a single day from Thursday to Friday, he stated.

Emergency conferences

To keep away from any mistake, a floor search was launched on the location the place the missile’s radio sign was misplaced, Army officers stated. After the incident, Polish civil and army authorities held emergency conferences, and President Andrzej Duda spoke with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

In November 2022, a Ukrainian missile fell on the Polish village of Przewodow, close to the border with Ukraine, killing two civilians. The explosion, on the website of a grain drying facility close to a college, about 6 km from the Ukrainian border, came about as Russia carried out huge strikes on Ukrainian civilian infrastructure within the all the territory of Ukraine.

Before its origin was recognized, the missile’s fall on the Polish village had raised fears that NATO could be drawn into the battle in a significant escalation of the warfare in Ukraine, with Poland protected by a collective protection dedication from the Atlantic Alliance.