The initial claims on Tuesday of a Russian missile killing Polish citizens sparked a lot of drama, as did accusations of a Ukrainian “false flag” effort and distension among the “World War III is approaching” crowd. My report, which was founded on an early Associated Press report, was incorrect. (All of you who have read my work over the years will understand how incredibly agonizing it was for me to write that.) However, the Associated Press was not wholly to blame. My thoughts were similar to those expressed in the thread below, but not to this extent.
The initial reaction of the Ukrainian government, which had to realize that the facts were already apparent to NATO and Poland, and the action of the Polish Foreign Office summoning the Russian ambassador for an “explanation,” caused me to assume that the explosion was not a Russian missile.
Poland requested an emergency NATO summit yesterday under Article 4, which addresses transgressions of “territorial integrity, political independence, or security.” That meeting has been canceled as a result of the discovery that this was a Ukrainian anti-aircraft missile. However, NATO Sec. Gen. Stoltenberg emphasized that the crisis in Ukraine poses a serious physical threat to all bordering nations, saying, “Let me be clear: This is not Ukraine’s fault.” Russia bears sole responsibility for the continuation of its illegal war on Ukraine.”