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Russian missile reportedly crossed Polish airspace before hitting Ukraine: report

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

“Everything indicates that a Russian missile penetrated Polish airspace,” said General Wiesław Kukuła, Polish defense chief. “It was monitored by us on radars and left the airspace. We have confirmation of this on radars and from (NATO) allies.”

Polish President Andrzej Duda called an emergency security meeting after the object appeared on the radar, and 200 police officers searched the area near the town of Hrubieszow where the radar detected the object in case it would land on Polish territory, the BBC reported.

The Polish defense forces said the object penetrated about 24 miles into its airspace and left it after less than three minutes.

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White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan discussed the incident with Jacek Siewiera, Poland’s secretary of state and head of the National Security Office. Sullivan made clear that the United States would support Poland and offer technical assistance “if necessary,” according to an account of the conversation.

A soldier drives a military vehicle carrying a Patriot launch module part of the U.S.-made Patriot MIM-104 surface-to-air missile system in an open field in Zamosc, Poland, February 18.

Sullivan also assured his counterpart that President Biden was following the issue closely, for which Siewiera expressed his gratitude by confirming that the two governments would remain in close contact on this issue.

Rebekah Koffler, a strategic military intelligence analyst and author of “Putin’s Playbook,” told Fox News Digital that the missile could be part of a provocation by Russia, but that precise targeting is “not exactly the strong point of the Russian army.

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

Building on fire

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

Three missiles entered Poland during the conflict: one missile, believed to have been fired by Ukraine as part of a missile defense mechanism, landed in Poland in November 2022, killing two farmers; another missile reportedly fired from Belarus landed safely in a forest in December 2022; and another unidentified object, which could be an observation balloon, entered Polish airspace earlier this year.

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

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The latest object could be part of a huge barrage of missiles that Russia fired on Friday – one of the largest launches during the war with Ukraine, which included 122 missiles and 36 drones hitting six different cities, including the capital , kyiv.

Russian military vehicles

Russian RS-24 Yars ballistic missiles roll toward Red Square to attend a dress rehearsal for Moscow’s Victory Day military parade on May 7. (AP Photo)

The strike killed 18 people and Ukrainian forces managed to intercept 87 missiles and shoot down or disable 27 drones.

“Some (Russian) weapons lack precision and, culturally, they don’t care as much as, say, the US military, if, in addition to the desired target, they destroy everything nearby,” Koffler noted.

Polish military expert Cmdr. Makysmilian Dura told a local media outlet that blaming Russia for the object detected in Polish airspace could prove “premature” because they had not found the missile; he also warned that the missile could still be in Poland since radar did not detect the object leaving the country.

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“Thanks to such massive attacks, this can happen. The enemy is attacking our border territories, including in the west. This is another signal for our partners to strengthen Ukrainian air defense,” said Yurii Ihnat, door -spokesperson of the Ukrainian Air Force. 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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