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Ukraine at Odds With Western Backers Over Missile That Hit Poland

A diplomat from a NATO country told Financial Times that Ukraine is 'openly lying' as Zelensky still denies a Ukrainian missile hit Poland
President Of Ukraine from Україна, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons

By Dave DeCamp / Antiwar.com

Ukraine is at odds with its Western backers over the missile that landed in Poland and killed two people. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Wednesday that he’s confident the missile didn’t come from his country even after NATO, Poland, and the US said it was likely fired by Ukrainian air defenses.

“I have no doubt that it was not our rocket,” Zelensky told reporters, adding that his assessment was based on reports from his military commanders. “I believe that it was a Russian missile based on the credibility of the reports of the military,” he said.

Zelensky also called for Ukraine to be allowed to conduct its own investigation. “Can we not say the final conclusions? Do we have the right to be in the investigation team? Of course,” he said.

Speaking to the Financial Times, a diplomat from a NATO country expressed frustration in response to Zelensky’s comments. “This is getting ridiculous. The Ukrainians are destroying [our] confidence in them. Nobody is blaming Ukraine and they are openly lying. This is more destructive than the missile,” the diplomat said.

When news of the missile hitting Poland first broke, Zelensky and his top advisors framed the incident as a deliberate Russian attack on a NATO member, and implied that the military alliance should take action. Any NATO strikes on Russia would mean World War III, which could quickly spiral into nuclear war.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba even said the idea that a Ukrainian missile hit Poland was a “conspiracy theory” being spread by Russia. “Russia now promotes a conspiracy theory that it was allegedly a missile of Ukrainian air defense that fell on the Polish theory. Which is not true. No one should buy Russian propaganda or amplify its messages,” he wrote on Twitter on Tuesday.

But the following day, NATO confirmed that it was likely a Ukrainian missile. “Our preliminary analysis suggests that the incident was likely caused by a Ukrainian air defense missile fired to defend Ukrainian territory against Russian cruise missile attacks,” NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said.

Poland reached a similar conclusion, and the US said it hadn’t seen any evidence to contradict that it was a Ukrainian missile. The missile landed in Poland as Russia was launching massive strikes across Ukraine targeting infrastructure. While they recognize it was a Ukrainian missile, NATO and the US say that Russia “bears ultimate responsibility,” but there’s no sign there will be an escalation, and Stoltenberg said he sees no threats from Russia.

Poland was considering calling consultations with NATO allies on the incident under Article 4, but Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said that probably won’t be necessary. “Most of the evidence that we have collected so far shows that there will probably be no need to invoke Article 4 this time,” he said.


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14 comments

    1. In my experience, everything is complicated. To suggest otherwise is invariably to excise nuance and context. Simple explanations are too often the emotionally satisfying but obfuscatory purview of motivated reasoning.

    1. Maria: Every time I try to utter it the word “Nazi” comes out instead.
      We have seen many falsehoods and outright lies in connection with NeoLiberal /NeoCon foreign policy and the rules based order. First impressions seem to carry more weight than conclusions, of course, many “investigations” remain forever open-ended. Take for instance the 9/11 Committee exit interview with Bush and Cheney (recently declassified: no recording, no transcript, ground rules dictated by Phillip Zelikow) in which our Executives became amnesic and confused by their own manufactured fog of war. All this follows a pattern and so is predictable. This out of bounds missile will not be the last throe.

  1. I would think that NATO would want to downplay a Russian strike at this point to keep the lid on. Ukraine may have the opposite motive.

  2. Could well have been a ‘Russian-made’ missile, since Ukraine has plenty, and Blinken is offering to replace Russian-made weapons in Latin America with ‘more sophisticated’ American ones. His explanation was that American weapons were too complicated for the Ukrainians, and that Ukrainians needed ‘simpler’ Russian-made stuff. Yeah, right.

  3. One wonders at the adamancy of the Ukrainians. Could it be that the Ukrainian missile that struck Poland was NOT accidently fired there? All through this terrible war, the Zelensky regime has been pushing for deeper and deeper NATO involvement, regardless of the world-wide consequences. Such a ‘false flag’ attack would be in keeping with his past and present behavior.

  4. What would one expect from a two bit actor and thug who called for a preemptive nuclear strike on Russia! Scary is right that Biden and his cronies along with NATO terrorism allowed this to happen. The destruction of Nordstream a 100,000 Ukrainian deaths who are the real criminals here?

  5. Given the integration of the Proud Boys, Oath Keepers and neo-Nazis in general into American society, law enforcement and military, isn’t it time to call on Putin to help with some some good old de-nazification here? Or do people pull out that justification only in the case of other countries? The lack of understanding of eastern European history is understandable given its complexity, but people should learn more before pontificating.

  6. americans always believe lies—gulf of Tonkin, remember the Maine, WMD’s in Iraq, Taliban did 9-11 etc—if CIA—NYT or CNN claims Russia did it then all americans believe this….”the men aMericans most admire dare to tell them the most extravagant lies–the men they most despise try to tell them the truth”. HL Menkhen

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