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U.S. President Joe Biden on November 17 disputed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s comment that missiles that landed in Poland were not of Ukrainian origin.

“That’s not the evidence,” Biden told reporters at the White House upon returning from a trip to Asia.

Biden’s statement followed comments by NATO chief and Poland that the November 15 blast in Polish territory was likely caused by a Ukrainian air-defense missile.

“From the information that we and our allies have, it was an S-300 rocket made in the Soviet Union, an old rocket, and there is no evidence that it was launched by the Russian side,” Polish President Andrzej Duda said on November 16. “It is highly probable that it was fired by Ukrainian antiaircraft defense.”

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg also said it was likely to have been a Ukrainian air-defense missile fired to shoot down incoming missiles on November 15 during what Kyiv said was Russia’s most intensive wave of missile attacks on cities across Ukraine since the start of the war in February.

Nevertheless, Stoltenberg said Russia, not Ukraine, was still to blame for starting the war with its February invasion.

“This is not Ukraine’s fault. Russia bears ultimate responsibility as it continues its illegal war against Ukraine,” NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told reporters in Brussels.

“I have no doubt that it was not our missile,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy was quoted as saying on November 16. “I believe that this was a Russian missile, based on our military reports,” he said on Ukrainian television.

Meanwhile, Ukraine’s General Staff said on November 17 that Ukrainian forces had repelled attacks on the Donetsk towns of Avdiyivka and Bilohorivka.

Meanwhile, missile strikes were reported across Ukraine by officials.

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