Poland: Missile unlikely to be Russian provocation says expert
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Moldovan border police have discovered a rocket on their territory near the border to Ukraine . Ministerul Afacerilor Interne (MAI), the country’s internal ministry, said officials found a rocket near Briceni town, which sits on Ukraine’s southern border. In a statement, the ministry said the discovery followed the missile assault conducted by Russia .
The statement said: “A short time ago, near the city of Briceni, in an orchard, a rocket was discovered.
“The explosive object was discovered by a border police patrol, which, due to today’s Russian bombings, have intensified their attention.
“In accordance with MAI action plans, the border police intensified patrols and raised the level of attention in the area of Briceni and Ocni ctora Inspectorates.
“At this moment, the area where the rocket was discovered has been isolated by police patrol and border police.”
Horror as Russian-made rocket lands in neighbouring nation hours after Putin begins attack (Image: TELEGRAM)
“The specialized services of home ministry, Bombteh and IGSU are expected on site.”
Reports from Romanian news site Stiri.md state that local residents heard two “explosions”.
Political officials have condemned the invasion of Moldova’s airspace, with Party of Change leader Ștefan Gligor claiming the missile was Russian.
He said it was a “violation of the airspace of the Republic of Moldova by the Russian Federation”.
The missile that landed in Moldova was likely and S-300 type, a journalist suggested (Image: GETTY)
Mr Gligor called for an investigation into the incident to prevent “panic” among members of the public.
But Ukrainian journalists suspect the debris was likely from the country’s missile-based air defences.
Anatolii Şarii wrote Telegram that the projectile appeared to be an S-300 anti-aircraft missile.
Posting a picture of the wreckage, he wrote: “Looks like an S-300 upper stage”.
The missile that fell on a Polish grain processor was an S-300 (Image: GETTY)
The Telegram channel Moldova Libera (Free Moldova) made a similar claim.
The channel posted a picture of the missile, stating an “S-300 missile fell in Moldova”.
The account added: “It is in service with both Russia and Ukraine.”
If the missile turns out to have come from an S-300, it would be the second time one of Ukraine’s defensive munitions have crossed national borders in less than a month.
On November 16, an S-300 hit a grain facility in the village of Przewodow, Poland.
Officials initially suspected the projectile had come from Russia but eventually found it was misfired from its neighbours in Ukraine.
The S-300 class missile family is Russian-made and was first developed in the Soviet Union during the 1970s.
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