An object that entered Polish airspace in December last year and was found in April was a Russian-made missilesaid an aide to Polish President Andrzej Duda on Friday.
The assistant, Pawel Szrot, said in an interview with the radio station RMF FM that the tip of the missile had been found and that it was “peculiar” because it was made of concrete. The missile is still being examined by experts.
Szrot added that the tip had “Russian technology” and that it was most likely intended to weight the nose and allow the shell to try to confuse Ukrainian air defense systems repelling Russian attacks.
The tip of the missile did not contain any explosives, according to Szrot.
Poland’s defense authorities had faced questions about the rocket that crashed on December 19, 2022 in a forest near the city of Bydgoszcz after cross more than 400 kilometers of Polish territory at low altitude and at about 800 kilometers per hour. Its parts were found in April by a civilian.
The issue of air safety as a war rages in neighboring Ukraine became especially sensitive in Poland after two men were killed in November by a missile strike in eastern Poland. Western governments believe that a Ukrainian air defense missile went astray when Ukraine tried to repel a Russian attack.
On the other hand, the Polish forest where the Russian rocket was found a few weeks ago attracts curious visitors from various parts of the country, while the mayor of a nearby town announces plans to exploit the tourist possibilities of the event.
As reported by the local Polish press, since search operations for remains at the site have been suspended Where the missile fell, people interested in seeing the remains of the device for themselves and even taking home some piece, cable or piece of metal from it as a souvenir have not stopped coming.
The residents of the area are aware of the striking contrast between the days after April 27, the day a hiker found what was initially officially called the “remains of an airborne device”, with the cordoned off area and dozens of soldiers blocking accessand the current situation, with entire families on weekend trips with barbecue included.
The Bydgoszcz police assured the press that they have not received instructions to prevent civilians from obtaining evidence of an investigation that is officially still ongoing, while the number of onlookers continues to increase, some coming from cities such as Poznan or Warsaw, which are close to the place.
(With information from AP and EFE)
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