Russian Iskander-K missile. Illustrative photo.
Warsaw – A few days ago, people found an unknown piece of military equipment in a forest near Bydgoszcz (Polish: Bydgoszcz) in northwestern Poland. According to radio station RMF FM, it is a several-meter surface-to-air missile that crashed into the ground. Apparently it got there after testing the defense systems that Poland is buying for its military, and the soldiers probably fired it during an exercise. The find attracted a lot of attention in Poland after a Ukrainian anti-aircraft defense missile apparently accidentally landed in the east of the country last November, killing two people.
RMF FM states on its website that the object in the forest is related to the creation of a modern anti-aircraft defense system in Poland. The Polish army has recently accelerated the construction of a shield to protect the country from attacks from missiles and aircraft. It is not yet entirely clear whether an anti-missile or an object that was supposed to be the target landed in the forest near the village of Zamość, located near Bydgoszcz. The Polish authorities will investigate how he got to the area outside the military area.
The missile crashed into the forest some time ago, but according to RMF FM, it is impossible to say whether it was on the order of days or weeks. People initially thought it was a drone, then there was speculation that it could be the remains of an aerial missile. The object has inscriptions in Russian. The Reuters agency writes that the Polish Ministry of Defense and the Interior are only talking about a “military object”, these departments have not yet provided more detailed information about it. The prosecutor's office in Gdańsk said that no traces of explosives were found at the site.
The place where he was found is hundreds of kilometers from the border with Ukraine, which has been resisting Russian aggression for 14 months, as well as from Belarus or Russia's Kaliningrad areas. Warsaw's relations with Moscow and Minsk are below freezing.