Polish President Andrzej Duda expressed his understanding of Ukraine’s situation after visiting the border village of Przewodow, where a missile fell on Tuesday.
“It is a very difficult situation for them and there are great emotions, there is also great stress,” said Duda.
According to preliminary investigations, the missile that killed two people was most likely fired by Ukraine’s air defense system to counter Russian bombing.
However, Duda stressed that Ukrainian officials will have to follow international law if they want access to the investigation.
“If the Ukrainian guests want to see the procedural actions of the investigation, we will be able to show them the way I showed them, but as for participating in it, giving access to documents and information, this requires a concrete legal basis, including international laws and agreements,” he said. .
“The search will last maybe ten hours, as investigators and experts are still removing fragments of the missile and collecting evidence from the accident area.
“So far, no evidence of a second rocket has been found on the territory of Poland.
“As I said, we are confident — and all indications are that it was a terrible and tragic accident,” he added.
The villagers express their shock
Meanwhile, villagers expressed shock after experts revealed the rocket was “most likely” Russian-made, dating back to Ukraine’s membership in the Soviet Union.
“I’m scared. I didn’t sleep all night,” said resident Joanna Magus. “I hope it’s a stray missile. If not, we’re helpless,” she added.
Referring to Tuesday’s explosion, Magus said: “First I heard a terrible explosion so I quickly ran to the window and saw a huge black ball of fire rising into the sky above the place, then white smoke. Then the smoke started to fall slowly. A little later I saw people running and I was sure something bad had happened.”
The director of the local school, Ewa Byra, told reporters that one of the victims is the husband of the school cleaner, while the other is the father of a former student.
“We didn’t really expect this kind of event, even though accidents happen, especially when the war is six kilometers from our village. This kind of accident can happen at any time,” she said.
Poland, a NATO member, is protected by the alliance’s commitment to collective defense – enshrined in Article 5 of its founding treaty – but its response to this attack is likely to be influenced by the conclusion of an investigation into whether the strike was accidental or deliberate.
So far, the US and NATO support Warsaw’s claims that the incident was likely an accident.