Ukrainian experts join investigation of deadly missile that hit Poland

Polish soldiers in a field
Polish soldiers search Thursday for wreckage in a field where a missile struck near a Polish village, killing two people.
(Vasilisa Stepanenko / Associated Press)

Experts from Ukraine have joined Polish and American investigators who are looking into a missile that landed in eastern Poland this week and killed two men.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said Friday that the Ukrainian experts were at the grain-drying facility in the Polish village of Przewodow where the missile hit Tuesday. The village is about four miles from Poland’s border with Ukraine.

“We will continue our cooperation in an open and constructive manner, as closest friends do,” Kuleba tweeted.

“I am grateful to the Polish side for granting them access,” he wrote.


Polish media reported seeing officials in Ukraine uniforms arriving at the site midday Friday.

On Tuesday, two workers were killed when a Russian-made projectile hit the grain-drying facility. Ukraine came under a heavy Russian bombardment that day.

Kherson, the provincial capital occupied by Russia, is back in Ukrainian hands. But its people face privation, along with neighbor-against-neighbor suspicions.

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NATO and Poland’s leaders have said the missile most likely came from a Ukrainian air-defense system that fired in response to Russia’s barrage. Ukrainian authorities initially said the missile was not theirs and asked to join the probe.

U.S. and Polish experts have been working at the site all week to establish the source and circumstances of the missile’s launch. Polish officials say there are camera recordings of the events leading up to the blast, but they remain classified.

State funerals for the two men who died are expected over the weekend.