Two people were killed in a rocket attack in Poland on Tuesday.
Chiara SchlenzNews editor
A rocket hit the area of Poland’s border with Ukraine on Tuesday, killing two people. First the world held its breath – and then chaos reigned. There were questions after questions: Was it a Russian missile that attacked a NATO country? Or is it a missile from the Ukrainian air defense system that went missing on Polish territory? For many hours these questions remained unanswered.
Further statements from the US, NATO and Poland: The West assumes that this theory is correct; Ultimately, however, Moscow is responsible for the war of aggression against Ukraine. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyi (44) disagrees. “I think it was a Russian missile – based on the trust I have in military reports,” Zelensky said on Wednesday. This invites criticism.
The Ukrainian lie damages confidence in NATO
“It’s getting ridiculous”: The reaction of an anonymous NATO official speaking to the “Financial Times” is clear. “The Ukrainians are destroying our trust in them. Nobody blames Ukraine and they openly lie,” he says. And then his verdict: “It’s even more destructive than a rocket.”
And the American president also objected. “That’s not evidence,” answered Joe Biden (79) on Thursday when asked about the statements of his Ukrainian colleague. Hungary criticized the statements of the Ukrainian head of state as irresponsible. “The President of Ukraine was wrong to immediately blame the Russians. This is a bad example, »said Gergely Gulyas (41), chief of staff of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán (59).
Henrik Larsen is a senior researcher in the Swiss and Euro-Atlantic Security team at the Center for Security Studies (CSS), focusing on NATO and transatlantic security. The expert explained to Blick: “If NATO’s preliminary assessment is correct that it was a Ukrainian anti-aircraft missile, and if it could raise suspicions that the Ukrainians are lying, then of course it would damage the trust that NATO allies have placed. Ukraine under Zelensky’s leadership.”
Recordings from Poland: The video shows a crater at the impact site(00:59)
“Zelensky knows how important allies are”
The expert on politics and Eastern Europe Andreas Umland (55) is skeptical in the interview: “Either Selenski is contradicting the facts and it was actually a Ukrainian defense missile, or he is telling the truth – then NATO would be angry because they were involved in the conflict and they have to intervene.” Ulrich Schmid (56), a Slavologist at the University of St. Gallen, also says: “NATO is very interested in de-escalation. NATO wants to avoid becoming a belligerent at all costs.”
But Umland calmed down: He does not expect a dispute between Ukraine and NATO. “Wars are characterized by foggy episodes – that happens.