BREAKING WORLD WAR III NEWS UPDATE: WORLD WAR III IS DELAYED. BIDEN, NATO, AND WESTERN LEADERS ADMIT, MISSILE THAT KILLED TWO IN POLAND IS “HIGHLY LIKELY” TO HAVE BEEN FIRED BY UKRAINE EASING WORLD WAR III ESCALATION; HOWEVER SOME WESTERN LEADERS STILL BLAME PUTIN WHOSE ROCKET BLITZ SPARKED AIR-DEFENSE MISSILE FROM UKRAINE TO BE SHOT. OR WAS IT A FALSE FLAG ATTEMPT BY UKRAINE TO GET MORE HELP FROM THE WEST? Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, says, thank God cooler heads prevailed. Prayer is still needed by those who know God through Jesus Christ and by those who are intimate with the power of prayer.
- ‘Highly probable’ rocket which hit Poland yesterday killing two was fired by Ukraine, Polish president says
- ‘No evidence’ strike was deliberate, he added, and Russia bears ultimate responsibility for starting the war
- Ludivine Dedonder, the Belgian defence minister, said preliminary investigations by his security forces also indicate it was a Ukrainian missile, with Biden said to have told NATO leaders the same thing
- That eases fears of escalation that could cause WW3, but underlines the ongoing risk amid Ukraine conflict
- Volodymyr Zelensky had blamed it on ‘Russian missile terror’ and is yet to concede Kyiv’s involvement
The missile which hit Poland yesterday killing two people was probably launched by Ukrainian air defence, Western leaders have said – easing fears that the strike could drag NATO into direct conflict with Russia.
Polish President Andrzej Duda, speaking after a meeting of his security council Wednesday, said he has seen ‘no evidence’ the missile was fired by Russia and it was in fact ‘highly probable’ the Soviet-era S-300 rocket came from Ukraine. There is no indication that Poland was deliberately targeted, he added.
‘Ukraine’s defense was launching their missiles in various directions and it is highly probable that one of these missiles unfortunately fell on Polish territory,’ according to Duda, who added that Russia bears ultimate responsibility for the strike because Putin began the war in Ukraine.
Jens Stoltenberg, head of NATO, backed that analysis – saying the strike was likely a Ukrainian missile, there is ‘no indication’ it was deliberate and there is ‘no indication’ Russia is preparing an attack on NATO. However, he added: ‘This is not Ukraine’s fault. Russia bears ultimate responsibility as it continues its illegal war against Ukraine.’
Ludivine Dedonder, the Belgian defence minister, said preliminary investigations by his security forces indicate the same thing – adding to reports that emerged in the early hours suggesting Biden had also told NATO leaders the rocket was from Ukraine.
Hours after the incident, Volodymyr Zelensky had blamed it on ‘Russian missile terror’, and Kyiv is yet to concede its own missile was involved. Oleksiy Danilov, Secretary of Ukraine’s National Security and Defence Council, said Kyiv wanted access to the site and still saw a Russian ‘trace’ behind the attack.
The news came after a nervous night in which it looked like NATO and Russia could be heading for a direct confrontation that would have risked triggering World War Three, and it underlines the risk that a single mistake or miscalculation in Ukraine could yet spark such a conflict.
Mateusz Morawiecki, the Polish Prime Minister, said it may no longer be necessary to trigger NATO Article 4 – which calls for discussions among allies over a threat – but that allies will strengthen air defences in the region.
However, that will come as small comfort to the families of the two men killed, who were identified by Polish media as a tractor driver called Bogdan C and a warehouse foreman called Boguslaw W, both aged in their 60s.
Locals said the pair were working to offload grain at a drying facility when the missile hit, killing them instantly.
The blast happened around 900ft from a housing compound where around 500 people live. If the missile had struck it, casualties would have been much higher.
Horrified residents reported hearing ‘strange whistles’ as the missile flew overhead and then ‘a massive explosion, about a thousand decibels.’
Neighbours say that Boguslaw who had worked in the grain silo warehouse for 40 years lived with his wife and elderly mother-in-law, who they both looked after. He is reported to have two grown up children who live in Krakow.
Bogdan C., who worked as a driver for the plant, lived in the nearby village of Setniki. A neighbour told local media: ‘We all know each other, it’s not a big town.
‘We have never experienced such a tragedy. They were good people.’
Another told news portal interia.pl: ‘Boguslaw went to work as usual and at around 4pm his wife realized that something bad had happened.
‘Some of the neighbors, out of compassion and curiosity, wanted to visit his wife but she was in a frenzy, she did not want to talk, she looked into the distance and cried. ‘She was in terrible shock.’
Zelensky, addressing the G20 for a second time Wednesday, said the strike on Poland was ‘a true statement brought by Russia for the G20 summit.’
‘There is a terrorist state among you, and we are defending ourselves against it. That is the reality,’ he added, though Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov had already departed the conference late Tuesday.
Mr Sunak, speaking as the G20 broke up with a joint statement condemning Russian aggression in Ukraine, said allies are still working to ‘establish the facts’ of what happened in Poland.
He added: ‘The persistent threat to our security and global asphyxiation has been driven by the actions of the one man unwilling to be at this summit – Vladimir Putin.
‘There isn’t a single person in the world who has not felt the impact of Putin’s war.’
‘What we agreed this morning is that it is important to establish the facts and this is exactly what is happening as we speak. We will get to the bottom of what happened.
‘[The strike] was happening at a time when the G20 was gathered trying to find resolution to some of the world’s challenges. I think it shows utter contempt for the international rules-based system.’
The dramatic development came on another day of bloodshed and destruction in Ukraine, with more than 100 Russian missiles landing in major population centres, killing three and cutting the power supply to millions.
Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky spoke by phone Tuesday with Polish counterpart Andrzej Duda, offering his condolences following reports of the alleged Russian missile strike on Polish soil.
Source: Daily Mail Online, Chris Pleasance, David Averre, Ed Wright