For a minute there, we were really were convinced that there was going to be a global conflict, didn’t we?
As the news began to circulate on Monday night, the first draft was a frightening one: A “Russian” missile had struck and killed two farmers in Poland, a NATO member country, and Article 5 of the group’s charter couldn’t be that far off.
Then came the realization, straight from the Polish President, that the missile was actually a piece of hardware fired by Ukraine in an attempt to defend themselves against a Russian missile attack.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy isn’t buying it for some reason.
UKRAINE’S President Volodymyr Zelensky said he had “no doubt” the missile that hit Poland yesterday WAS Russian – despite counterclaims by NATO and the US.
He also called on Ukrainian investigators to be given access to the site of the explosion and to be involved in the analysis of debris.
He said: “Based on the credibility of the reports of the military, I believe that it was a Russian missile.”
British authorities tried placing some backdoor blame on Russia.
Foreign Secretary James Cleverly earlier said Britain would not make a judgement until after a full investigation.
Urging caution, he said: “Our response will always be led by the facts.
“The only reason why missiles are flying through European skies and exploding in European villages is because of Russia’s barbaric invasion of Ukraine.”
When the explosion was first believed to be a result of a Russian weapon, Twitter users saw the app turn a bit dark and macabre, with “World War III” trending prominently.