Ukrainian investigators join probe of fatal missile blast in Poland

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By Euronews  with AP
Polish soldiers search for missile wreckage in a field.
Polish soldiers search for missile wreckage in a field.   -   Copyright  Vasilisa Stepanenko/AP

Experts from Ukraine have joined Polish and US investigators who are looking into a missile blast that killed two people in Poland this week.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said on Friday that the Ukrainian experts were in the Polish village of Przewodow where the missile landed on Tuesday.

The village is located about 6 kilometres from Poland's border with Ukraine.

“We will continue our cooperation in an open and constructive manner, as closest friends do,” Kuleba tweeted.

“I am grateful to the Polish side for granting them access,” he wrote.

On Tuesday, two workers were killed when a Russian-made projectile hit a grain-drying facility. Ukraine came under a heavy Russian bombardment that day.

NATO and Poland’s leaders have said the missile most likely came from a Ukrainian air defence system that fired in response to Russia’s attack.

Ukrainian authorities initially said the missile was not theirs and asked to join the probe.

US and Polish experts have been working at the site all week to establish the source and circumstances of the missile's launch.

Poland's officials say there are camera recordings of the events leading up to the blast, but they remain classified.

State funerals for the two men who died are expected over the weekend.