PRZEWODOW, Poland — Surrounded by vast, flat corn fields, Przewodow is a tiny village of just 500 residents right on Poland’s border with Ukraine. On Tuesday night, however, the quiet settlement became the unlikely center of international attention after news spread that a missile had been fired at a grain silo. Two local residents were killed.
Twenty-four hours after the deadly blast, access to Przewodow (pronounced pshe-VOH-doov) — made up of a couple of colorful, Soviet-style block houses, a school, a grocery store and a farm — was restricted to residents only. On Wednesday night, it rained heavily and hundreds of cars were stranded. and Police officers stopped journalists who arrived on the scene.
The explosion occurred on the same day that Russia launched one of its largest aerial strike barrages. Ukraine Since February invasion, approximately 100 missiles have been fired at targets throughout the country, primarily electricity infrastructure.
Russia maintained that it had not fired on targets close to the Polish border. and President Andrzej Duda of Poland Wednesday’s statement stated that the explosion was most likely caused by a Ukrainian missile defense system, although an investigation is ongoing.
Polish prosecutors examined the remains of an S-300 missile Zbigniew Ziobro was rescued from the scene on Wednesday. Poland’s justice minister, said on Twitter. He added that American experts were supporting them.
Both Russia and Ukraine The Russian-built S-300 air-to-surface system is used to protect against incoming aerial attacks. However, military officials can use it. and Experts have stated that Russia is a good choice. has increasingly used it offensively As its stockpiles shrink in attack missiles
Polish media reported that two farm workers were among the victims. Two farm workers were among the casualties. One of them was a tractor driver. He had just returned from harvesting corn in the field when the missile struck on Tuesday at 4:05 p.m.
Marta Majewska (pronounced hroobY-shoov) was the mayor of Hrubieszow, a neighboring town. She said that the explosion increased anxiety among local residents about the war in neighboring. Ukraine.
“We are living just next to the border, so these sentiments have been heightened since Feb. 24,” In a telephone interview, she spoke about the date that Russia launched its full-scale invasion. “Whether these missiles will turn out to be Ukrainian or Russian, none of this information will be reassuring,” She spoke.
Przewodow lies in one the poorest parts of Poland PolandThe village was greatly impacted by World War II. The Soviets and then the Nazis occupied the village in three phases. and The Soviets then attacked again. There was also active guerrilla warfare by the Ukrainian Insurgent Army.
More than 60,000 refugees fled the war in the war to now live in the region. UkraineThe vast majority of women are in the workforce. and children.
Following Tuesday’s explosion, the headmaster of the local school, Ewa Byra, said that psychological care would be provided for students, teachers and Her school employs many people.
Iwona Okopinska is the owner of a grocery store in Wisznow. She said that Wednesday was the only time her customers talked about the blast. She said that they were worried, but not panicked.
“Everyone is waiting for more information,” Ms. Okopinska said.