Nato chief says blast in Poland likely caused by Ukraine air defence missile

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Jens Stoltenberg, Nato’s secretary general, said on Wednesday that Tuesday's missile blast in eastern Poland appears to have been caused by a Ukrainian air defence missile.

Speaking at a conference in Brussels, Stoltenberg said that the explosion in Poland took place after Russia had launched a wave of missiles at Ukrainian territory. He added that an investigation into this incident was in progress. 

"We have no indications that Russia is preparing offensive military actions against Nato," he said.

He noted that the explosion in Poland was not Ukraine's fault, and added that responsibility lay with Russia as it continues its illegal war against Ukraine.

He said that Nato countries are in solidarity with Poland and will continue to support Ukraine. 

Two Poles died when a missile landed near the village of Przewodow, which lies close to the Ukrainian border, on Tuesday afternoon.