Ukraine will probably get access to blast site, says Polish official

Polish President Andrzej Duda said on Wednesday that access to the site of the explosion would require the agreement of both countries leading the investigation, Poland and the United States.

 Police officers stand at a blockade after an explosion in Przewodow, a village in eastern Poland near the border with Ukraine, November 16, 2022. (photo credit: REUTERS/KACPER PEMPEL)
Police officers stand at a blockade after an explosion in Przewodow, a village in eastern Poland near the border with Ukraine, November 16, 2022.
(photo credit: REUTERS/KACPER PEMPEL)

Ukraine is likely to get access to the site in southeastern Poland where a missile killed two people, the Polish president's top foreign policy advisor said on Thursday, after Kyiv demanded access to the scene of the blast.

Polish President Andrzej Duda said on Wednesday that access to the site of the explosion would require the agreement of both countries leading the investigation, Poland and the United States.

Warsaw says the explosion was most likely caused by a Ukrainian air defense missile that went astray, something Kyiv denies.

"A Polish-American investigating team is on site," Jakub Kumoch told private broadcaster TVN 24.

"The Ukrainians asked for access to the site of the investigation. If both parties agree, and as far as I know there will be no objection from the American side, such access could be obtained soon."

 Police officers walk near the site of an explosion in Przewodow, a village in eastern Poland near the border with Ukraine November 16, 2022. (credit: Jakub Orzechowski/Agencja Wyborcza.pl via REUTERS) Police officers walk near the site of an explosion in Przewodow, a village in eastern Poland near the border with Ukraine November 16, 2022. (credit: Jakub Orzechowski/Agencja Wyborcza.pl via REUTERS)

The Head of Poland's National Security Bureau, Jacek Siewiera, also told private broadcaster RMF FM that as far as he was aware Duda was not opposed to having Ukrainian observers at the scene.

Video evidence

Kumoch said that Poland had video evidence regarding the blast.

"There are indeed film materials, I would not like to talk about the content of the film materials that I saw in classified mode, but of course the prime minister gave such information, such materials exist," Kumoch said.

"These are our normal photos from the border, where you can see certain things. You see shots over Ukraine, fighting over Ukraine, and at some point, in a very short time, you see a certain sequence of events," he added.

Kumoch did not provide any other details. He said that he wanted the Ukrainians to get acquainted with these materials first, in contact with those conducting the investigation.