Poland inspects suspected missile found sticking out of ground in forest

Justice minister says no danger to nearby residents; local media reports object apparently an air-to-ground rocket but is missing warhead; located far from Russian, Ukraine borders

Poland's justice minister Zbigniew Ziobro speaks to reporters in Warsaw, Poland, September 26, 2020. (Czarek Sokolowski/AP)
Poland's justice minister Zbigniew Ziobro speaks to reporters in Warsaw, Poland, September 26, 2020. (Czarek Sokolowski/AP)

WARSAW, Poland — Poland on Thursday said it was inspecting the remains of an aerial military object found near the northern city of Bydgoszcz that local media said was a missile with Cyrillic writing.

“In addition to prosecutors, military experts, police, gendarmes and representatives of SKW (Poland’s military counter-intelligence agency) are at the scene,” Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro said on Twitter.

It landed in a wood “a dozen or so kilometers from Bydgoszcz,” the minister added. The location is far from the Russian and Ukrainian borders.

In a separate tweet, the defense ministry said “the situation does not threaten the safety of residents” of Zamosc, a nearby village.

Local media said the object was found earlier this week and is believed to be an air-to-ground missile.

RMF FM radio tweeted that it is “several meters long and stuck straight into the ground .. The tube was empty, it’s unclear if it exploded. The warhead was also missing.”

The station said the object bore Cyrillic writing though a military expert it quoted recalled that Poland’s own army has a lot of post-Soviet arms.

“It did not necessarily fly in from Russia or the battle lines” in war-torn Ukraine, said Roman Polko, a former commander of the GROM Polish special forces unit.

He said the object could have come from military exercises being held “for the Ukrainians or for Polish pilots.”

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