Newsweek, November 2022
Volodymyr Zelensky’s explanation for the deadly missile explosion in Poland may have been at odds with the one given by Joe Biden but could it undermine how the U.S. views future claims the Ukrainian president makes about Russia’s invasion?
On Tuesday, there was initial alarm among world leaders that the strike in Przewodow in the east of the NATO member could prompt an a response under Article 5 of the alliance’s charter. This quickly eased when Poland and the U.S. agreed that it was an accident likely caused by a Ukrainian air defense missile.
However, even as the threat of escalation under the alliance’s “one-for-all and all-for-one” principle died down, the Ukrainian president insisted that he had “no doubt that it was not our missile.” When asked about Zelensky’s response, Biden told reporters, “that’s not the evidence.”