Disinfo: Missiles that fell on Poland are Ukrainian but the West blames Russia anyway

Summary

The Western media marathon about the missiles that fell on the territory of Poland continues, although everyone is now aware that the missiles are Ukrainian. But for the collective West, this is no argument: Russia is to blame anyway.

Disproof

This message is a part of the Kremlin’s narrative about the Russophobic and anti-Russian West. Pro-Kremlin outlets regularly accuse the authorities of Western countries of Russophobia.

This claim was made in connection with the recent missile accident in Poland. On 15 November 2020, an S-300 missile entered Polish airspace from the territory of Ukraine, killing two Polish civilians. According to the US and Polish officials, the missile was fired by the Ukrainian air defence troops, which tried to fight a large-scale Russian missile attack taking place on the same day.

According to the statement of Polish President Andrzej Duda, this situation is an “unfortunate accident” which is a result of a massive Russian missile attack on Ukraine. According to Nato, “Russia bears ultimate responsibility as it continues its illegal war against Ukraine”.

At the same time, the Polish authorities and NATO representatives underline that this missile accident was not a deliberate attack on Poland and “there are no indications that Russia is preparing offensive military actions against NATO”.

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  • Reported in: Issue 318
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 21/11/2022
  • Article language(s) Arabic
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine, Poland, Russia
  • Keywords: Anti-Russian, War in Ukraine, Invasion of Ukraine

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