Zelensky Officials Continue to Blame Russia For Missile Blast in Poland, Even Though it Was Likely Fired By Ukraine Forces

According to multiple reports, the Russian-made missile that fell in Poland on Tuesday, was probably fired by Ukrainian forces. This emerging consensus comes after Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelenskyy and other Ukrainian officials made inflammatory statements blaming Russia.

Following an emergency meeting of G-7 and NATO leaders Tuesday in Bali, Joe Biden acknowledged that the missile probably came from Ukraine, when asked if it had been fired from Russia.

“There is preliminary information that contests that,” Biden told reporters. “It is unlikely in the lines of the trajectory that it was fired from Russia, but we’ll see.”

Polish President Andrzej Duda also said on Wednesday that the missile that landed in Poland was “probably an accident” from the Ukrainian side while intercepting incoming Russian missiles.

Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelenskyy, however, immediately blamed Russia on Tuesday, calling it an “attack” that is “a very significant escalation” because it involves NATO.

“Today Russian Missiles hit Poland,” he said in a video posted on social media. “Firing missiles at NATO territory, this is a Russian missile attack on collective security! This is a very significant escalation. We must act.”

He added, “We need to put the terrorist in its place. The longer Russia feels impunity, the more threats there will be for everyone within the reach of Russian missiles.”

In a tweet following the blast, Zelensky said that he had spoken with President Andrzej Duda with whom he “exchanged available information,” and had “clarified all the facts” regarding the “Russian missile terror.”

Mykhailo Podolyak, an adviser to the President Zelensky tweeted on Tuesday that the strikes on Polish territory were “not an accident, but a deliberately planned ‘hello’ from [the Russians] disguised as a mistake.”

 

U.S. officials told the Associated Press that the missile may have been fired by Ukrainian forces at an incoming Russian missile, as Russia was conducting a series of airstrikes against Ukraine’s electrical infrastructure. The missile landed in Przewodow, a village in eastern Poland near the border with Ukraine, killing two people.
Russia immediately denied any involvement in the explosion.

In the face of increasing evidence that the missile came from their own side, Ukrainian officials appear to be doubling down.

Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said it was “a conspiracy theory” to suggest missiles were part of Ukrainian air defenses.

Podolyak tweeted “only Russia is responsible for massive missile strikes.”  Zelensky’s advisor then called for a no fly zone for Ukraine. “No need to look for excuses and postpone key decisions. Time for Europe to ‘close the sky over 🇺🇦.’ For your own safety too.”

A no-fly zone is defined as “a form of demilitarized zone in which a military power establishes an area over which certain aircraft are not permitted to fly. No-fly zones can include preemptive attacks to prevent potential violations, reactive force targeted at violating aircraft, or surveillance with no use of force.”

NATO rejected Ukrainian requests for it to institute a no-fly zone over Ukraine back in March.

In a tweet, political consultant Ian Bremmer, president and founder of Eurasia Group, called on Zelensky to retract his statement, as it “undermines credibility and shows lack of coordination w[ith] NATO.”

In a new twist, Wednesday, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin tried to have it both ways, suggesting that Russia is to blame without admitting that the missile came from the Ukraine side.

“We’ll continue to work closely with our ally Poland and others to gather more information, and we’ll continue to consult closely with our NATO allies and our valued partners,” Austin said during a virtual meeting of the Ukraine Defense Contact Group, which is made up of dozens of pro-Ukraine countries.

“What we do know is the context in which this is unfolding. Russia is facing setback after setback on the battlefield, and Russia is putting Ukrainian civilians and Ukrainian infrastructure in its gunsights,” he added.

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg was more direct in blaming Russia after chairing a meeting of NATO ambassadors. “This is not Ukraine’s fault,” he said. “Russia bears ultimate responsibility as it continues its illegal war against Ukraine.”

Financial Times Ukraine correspondent Christopher Miller posted video Wednesday of  Zelensky tripling down on “how Russian aggression crossed the Polish border” during an evening address.

“The Ukrainian position is very transparent: we strive to establish every fact. That’s why we need our experts to join the work of the international investigation,” he said.

According to Miller, NATO diplomats are losing patience with Zelensky’s shenanigans.

“This is getting ridiculous. The Ukrainians are destroying [our] confidence in them. Nobody is blaming Ukraine and they are openly lying,” the diplomat reportedly said. “This is more destructive than the missile.”

Zelensky’s dishonest messaging comes as the Biden regime asks Congress to provide more than $37 billion in additional war funding to Ukraine. The U.S. sent $13.6 billion in funding to Ukraine in March, and another $40 billion in May.

“That $91.3 billion is 33 percent more than Russia’s *total military spending for the year,*” independent journalist Glenn Greenwald noted on Twitter. “It’s *double* the US’s average annual expenditure for its own war in Afghanistan.”

Meanwhile, according to reports, the Ukraine government appears to have deleted online records of its fundraising arrangement with crypto scammers FTX,  just days before the  Democrat donating company filed for bankruptcy.

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene said in a Tweet Wednesday that she is calling for an audit of all U.S. aid to Ukraine.

“I’m calling for an audit of all US aid and funding to Ukraine,” she wrote. “The American people deserve to know how their money is being spent in defense of another nation’s border while the Biden regime ignores the threat to our national security everyday at our own border.”

About Debra Heine

Debra Heine is a conservative Catholic mom of six and longtime political pundit. She has written for several conservative news websites over the years, including Breitbart and PJ Media.

Photo: PRZEWODOW, POLAND - NOVEMBER 16: Polish army trucks exit the missile blast zone on November 16, 2022 in Przewodow , Poland. Yesterday, missiles landed in Poland close to the Ukrainian border, killing two people. On Wednesday, both NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg and Polish President Andrzej Duda said the missiles were likely the result of Ukrainian air defenses on a day when Russia fired scores of missiles at Poland's eastern neighbor. (Photo by Omar Marques/Getty Images)

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