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Experts confirm missile that fell on Poland's soil was Ukrainian

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A view of the destruction at the scene of an explosion site at a grain drying facility in Przewodow, Poland.

An investigation into a missile strike that caused the death of two people in southern Poland last year has concluded that the projectile was fired by Ukraine.

A missile fell at a grain facility in the Polish village of Przewodow in November 2022, raising concerns that a Russian missile hit the territory of a NATO member state and that the war in Ukraine could spiral into a wider conflict between the military alliance and Russia.

Poland’s newspaper Rzeczpospolita reported on Tuesday that Polish experts have "categorically" denied the possibility that Russia launched the missile.

They have identified the projectile as an S 300 5-W-55 air-defense missile fired from Ukrainian territory, the report said, citing sources with knowledge of the investigation,.

"This rocket has a range of 75 km to 90 km,” wrote the newspaper. "At that time, the Russian positions were in a place from which no Russian missile could reach Przewodow."

At the time of the explosion, Polish President Andrzej Duda said that according to the ongoing investigation, the projectile was identified as a Ukrainian air defense missile. He, however, claimed that Russia was ultimately to blame for the incident

Ukraine has also denied that the incident was caused by its missiles.

Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council Secretary Oleksii Danilov urged a joint examination of the explosion, but according to the report, Ukraine had "not yet made any materials available to Poland."

The report comes amid a bitter spat between Warsaw and Kiev over a temporary ban on Ukraine’s grain imports to a number of European countries.

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