Ukraine: Poland missile strike only happened because of Putin’s war, UK says


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The missile strike in Poland which killed two people on Tuesday only happened because of Vladimir Putin’s war, Rishi Sunak has said today.

Speaking to a press conference in Bali, the prime minister said facts were “still being established” about the strike, but added: “We should all be clear. None of this would be happening if it were not for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

“This is the cruel and unrelenting reality of Putin’s war.”

Mr Sunak offered his “wholehearted support” to Poland and reached out to the country’s president Andrzej Duda earlier today.

Poland is increasing the “readiness” of some military units and aerial surveillance.

US officials have meanwhile said the missile that hit Poland was fired by Ukrainian forces in their attempts to shoot down an incoming Russian projectile.

Earlier, Joe Biden said it seemed “unlikely” that the missile was fired from Russia. Russia has denied responsibility and called the reports “a deliberate provocation aimed at escalating the situation”.

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Russia says missile strike in Poland caused by Ukrainian air defence

Russia said an explosion in Poland on Tuesday had been caused by a Ukrainian air defence missile, and that Russian strikes in Ukraine had been no closer than 35 km (22 miles) from the Polish border.

Moscow said on Wednesday it had nothing to do with the blast, which killed two people. The Kremlin accused some Western countries, especially Poland, of reacting “hysterically” to the incident, but said the United States and President Joe Biden had shown restraint.

“The photos published in the evening of Nov. 15 in Poland of the wreckage found in the village of Przewodow are unequivocally identified by Russian defence industry specialists as elements of an anti-aircraft guided missile of the S-300 air defence system of the Ukrainian air force,” the Russian defence ministry said in a statement.

It was not possible to independently verify the images or the identification.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said a number of countries had made “baseless statements” about Russia‘s involvement “without having any idea of what had happened.”

“We have witnessed another hysterical, frenzied Russophobic reaction, which was not based on any real data,” Peskov told reporters.

“Such a frenzied reaction shows that there is never a need to rush to judgement, with statements that can escalate the situation. Especially at such crucial moments,” he said.

Peskov said Biden had shown “restraint” in his response to the blast. In his first comments on the incident, Biden said early assessments showed it was unlikely the missile had been fired from Russia.

“Once again, I want to invite you to pay attention to the rather restrained reaction of the Americans, which contrasted with the absolutely hysterical reaction of the Polish side and a number of other countries,” Peskov said.

“Why did this happen? You should probably put questions to Warsaw and ask Polish officials to be more restrained, more balanced and professional when they talk about such sensitive and potentially dangerous topics.”

Maryam Zakir-Hussain16 November 2022 10:31

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G20 host Indonesia says Ukraine war most debated article of leaders’ declaration

The war in Ukraine was the most debated article of a declaration of G20 leaders gathered at a summit this week, the Indonesian president said on Wednesday, while urging all sides not to escalate tensions further.

Joko Widodo, president of this year’s host nation Indonesia, said missile explosions in Poland on Tuesday were regrettable. His US counterpart Joe Biden had said it was unlikely they came from Russia.

Widodo added the war had caused devastation and huge human suffering and weighed on global economic recovery.

Maryam Zakir-Hussain16 November 2022 10:13

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Russia to blame for ‘incidents with missiles’ – Ukrainian official

A senior adviser to Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky said on Wednesday that Russia was to blame for any “incidents with missiles” after waging war on his country.

Mykhailo Podolyak made his comments in a written statement after U.S. President Joe Biden said a missile that killed two people in Poland was probably not fired from Russia.

“In my opinion, it is necessary to adhere to only one logic. The war was started and is being waged by Russia. Russia massively attacks Ukraine with cruise missiles. Russia has turned the eastern part of the European continent into an unpredictable battlefield,” Podolyak said.

“Intent, means of execution, risks, escalation – all this is only Russia. And there can be no other explanation for any incidents with missiles.”

The two deaths were at a Polish grain facility near the Ukrainian border on Tuesday as Russia carried out missile strikes across Ukraine.

Podolyak said that “when an aggressor country launches a deliberate massive missile attack on the entire territory of a large country on the European continent with its outdated Soviet weapons (class X missiles), a tragedy sooner or later also occurs on the territories of other states.”

“Moreover, Russian missiles or their fragments have fallen more than once in border zones. I don’t see the slightest sense in departing from this simple logic – only Russia is guilty of threats and excesses in other countries with its missile attacks,” he said.

Podolyak said separately on Twitter that it was time for Europe to “close the sky” over Ukraine, adding: “No need to look for excuses and postpone key decisions.”

Maryam Zakir-Hussain16 November 2022 09:55

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Russia says its strikes in Ukraine were no closer than 35km to Polish border

Russia‘s defence ministry said on Wednesday that its strikes on Ukraine on Nov. 15 were no closer than 35 km (22 miles) from the Polish border, RIA news agency reported.

Nato member Poland’s president said earlier that Poland had no concrete evidence showing who fired a missile that struck a Polish grain facility some 6 km (4 miles) inside the border with Ukraine and killed two people.

A Nato source said US president Joe Biden had informed G7 and NATO partners that the blast in POland had been caused by a Ukrainian air defence missile.

Maryam Zakir-Hussain16 November 2022 09:40

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Putin’s ‘economic asphyxiation’ will blight world for years to come, says Sunak

The prime minister accused the Russian president of inflicting “global economic asphyxiation” on countries around the world.

And he condemned Putin’s decision to launch a wave of around 80 missile strikes on civilian targets in Ukraine at a time when world leaders were meeting at the G20 summit in Indonesia, describing it as an act of “contempt” for the international community.

In a press conference as the Bali summit drew to an end, Mr Sunak said that the Ukraine war will continue to pose a threat to the UK and its allies and “devastate” the world economy for as long as it goes on.

Our political editor Andrew Woodcock reports from Bali:

Maryam Zakir-Hussain16 November 2022 09:25

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In pictures: Site of missile strike in Przewodow, Poland following missile strike

A view of police officers next to the blast sit on November 16, 2022 in Przewodow, Poland

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Police officers check drivers documents by a check point as just permitted cars are allowed to cross into the blast zone

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A police van patrols side roads next to the missile explosion site

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Maryam Zakir-Hussain16 November 2022 09:15

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Ukrainian presidential adviser: Russia to blame for any ‘incidents with missiles’

A senior adviser to Ukraine‘s president said on Wednesday that Russia was to blame for any “incidents with missiles” after its invasion of his country.

“In my opinion, it is necessary to adhere to only one logic. The war was started and is being waged by Russia. Russia massively attacks Ukraine with cruise missiles,” Mykhailo Podolyak said in a written statement after US president Joe Biden said a missile that killed two people in Poland was probably not fired from Russia.

“Russia has turned the eastern part of the European continent into an unpredictable battlefield. Intent, means of execution, risks, escalation – all this is only Russia. And there can be no other explanation for any incidents with missiles.”

Maryam Zakir-Hussain16 November 2022 09:02

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Putin’s countrywide missile attack shows his ‘utter contempt’ for G20 resolutions

Prime minister Rishi Sunak has said Russia’s missile strikes across Ukraine on Monday shows Vladimir Putin’s “utter contempt” for G20 resolutions.

“While other world leaders were working together, Putin was launching indiscriminate attacks on civilians in Ukraine,” Mr Sunak said.

“This is the cruel and unrelenting reality of Putin’s war,” he added, which “poses a threat to our security and that of our allies.”

Maryam Zakir-Hussain16 November 2022 08:42

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Sunak says it is important to ‘establish the facts’ about missile strike on Poland

When asked about the missile strike in Poland potentially provoking the UK to become directly involved in the war, the prime minister said it was important to “establish the facts”.

Rishi Sunak underlined that this conversation is happening at all due to Russia’s air strikes on Ukraine on Monday.

Maryam Zakir-Hussain16 November 2022 08:36

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Sunak says he offers ‘wholehearted support’ to Poland

Speaking at the G20 in Bali, Rishi Sunak said he offers his “wholehearted support” to Poland following missile strikes on Monday.

He said: “We should all be clear. None of this would be happening if it were not for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

“This is the cruel and unrelenting reality of Putin’s war.”

Maryam Zakir-Hussain16 November 2022 08:32



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