The Polish military continued its search for parts of a suspected Russian missile that reportedly penetrated Polish airspace on Friday morning. On December 30, the Army Operations Command announced the continuation of search operations via a social media platform.
The purpose of the field research in Lublin Voivodeship is to establish conclusively that no part of the object is located within the Polish border. Military officials reported that the object (believed to be a missile) left Polish airspace within three minutes of entering from the direction of Ukraine.
A spokesman for the Operations Command confirmed the first assumption based on radar images from Ukrainian and Allied sources, according to which the object had indeed left Polish territory. The search operation will continue until 19:00 after the operation stopped temporarily for the night.
About 480 soldiers from the Territorial Defense Forces were assigned to participate in the search operation near the town of Zamosc in southeastern Poland, according to information published by the Operations Command on social media.
In response to the alleged violation of airspace with a guided missile, the Polish Foreign Ministry summoned the Russian foreign affairs envoy on Friday evening, demanding an explanation for the incident.
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