Bydgoszcz Incident: Russian Missile Did Not Threaten Poland – Ministry of Defence

Monday, 22 May 2023

The Ministry of Defence of Poland has stated that the Russian missile that fell in a forest near Bydgoszcz in December posed no threat to the country.

According to Polsat News, Marcin Ociepa, Deputy Defence Minister said it was not clear "what exactly had entered" the country's airspace. Ociepa said that "something appeared on the radar," but it was not clear what exactly.

"We should have been moderate in our assessments. We are not talking here about a missile aimed at Poland... It is about a missile that was supposed to confuse the Ukrainian anti-missile defenсe system but, due to malfunction, changed its flight trajectory and self-destructed," the official said.

He added that since the missile was intended to confuse the Ukrainian anti-missile defenсe system, it constantly maneuvered and changed altitude.

Ociepa underlined that the missile incident did not lead to a conflict between the Polish Ministry of Defence and the military command.

On April 27, the Ministry of National Defence of Poland reported that remains of an unidentified military object were found in Zamostie, approximately 15 km from Bydgoszcz. It was stressed that the situation did not threaten the safety of residents. The Military Department of the District Prosecutor's Office in Gdansk launched an investigation into the remains of a military aerial target.

Mariusz Błaszczak, the Minister of Defence of Poland, stated that in December he did not receive a report about a missile that had entered Poland's airspace (Ukr) and the fragments of which were recently found in the north of Poland, even though the military were tracking it and were trying to find it.

For more details about this incident, read the article "Poland Missed Missile Strike: How Russian Kh-55 near the 'NATO Capital' Undermined Country's Policy"

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