Poland and NATO allies said Tuesday that a deadly blast near the Ukrainian border was likely unintentional and did not originate from Russia, The New York Times reports.
Two people were killed on Tuesday after an explosion at a Polish grain processing facility near the Ukrainian border.
The blast set off fears that Russia had attacked a NATO member and the Polish government convened an emergency session to discuss the crisis.
Some officials called to begin discussions under Article 4 or 5 of the NATO treaty, which requires members to defend any allies that are attacked.
Russia denied any role in the blast.
After a series of panicked meetings, Poland’s government said the explosion was likely not caused by Russia after all.
“We have no evidence at the moment that it was a rocket launched by Russian forces,” Polish President Andrzej Duda told reporters. “However, there are many indications that it was a missile that was used by Ukraine’s antimissile defense.”
Duda added that the blast was still the result of the “massive, unprecedented” Russian attack on Ukraine.
“Ukraine defended itself — which is obvious and understandable — also by firing missiles whose task was to knock down Russian missiles,” he said. “Therefore we were dealing with a very serious clash caused by the Russian side, as well as the entire conflict. Yesterday’s clash is certainly borne by the Russian side.”
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Tuesday that evidence suggests the blast “was likely caused by a Ukrainian air defense missile fired to defend Ukrainian territory against Russian cruise missile attacks.”
“Let me be clear: This is not Ukraine’s fault,” he said. “Russia bears ultimate responsibility as it continues its illegal war against Ukraine.”