Poland resumes ground search after Friday airspace breach: Army

Poland was renewing a search operation for elements of a suspected Russian rocket on Saturday, which it said had misused the nation’s airspace on Friday morning, the Polish army revealed. “We tell that on December 30…a ground search will be executed in the Lublin Voivodeship for possible elements of the object that criticised Polish airspace yesterday,” the Polish army’s operational command commented on social media platform X.

“The goal of the search is to definitively confirm that no element of the object remains on Polish territory.” Polish military officials said on Friday that the object had left the nation’s airspace within three minutes of entry from the direction of its border with Ukraine. “The Ukrainian side and allies have initially confirmed our radar records that the object had left Polish territory,” a spokesperson for the operational command conveyed to Reuters.

The search was planned to run until 1900 GMT after being halted for overnight, he said. Some 480 soldiers of the Territorial Defense Force were too participated in the search nearby the city of Zamosc in southeastern Poland, the operational command said on X. On Friday evening Poland’s foreign ministry summoned the Russian charge d’affaires, demanding an explanation for the violation of its airspace by a guided missile.