Funeral held for first of two Poles killed in missile blast

A funeral was held for one of two Polish men killed in a missile blast near the border with Ukraine – deaths which Western officials said were caused by a Ukrainian air-defense missile that went off track.

Hite roses were placed on the wooden coffin of Boguslaw Wos.

A family member carried a black and white photo of him, while another man carried a crucifix with his name on it.

Polish state news agency PAP described Mr Wos as a 62-year-old camp manager.

Mr Wos and another man died Tuesday in Przevodow, a small farming community about four miles from the border with Ukraine, as that country defended itself against a barrage of Russian missiles aimed at its energy infrastructure.

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The deaths were likely the result of a Ukrainian air-defense missile that went astray as the country defended against a barrage of Russian missiles aimed at its energy infrastructure, Western officials (AP) believe.

Officials from Poland, NATO and the United States say they believe Russia will be responsible for the deaths no matter what, because a Ukrainian missile would not have failed had the country not been forced to defend itself against Russian attacks .

A Polish investigation was launched with US support to determine the source of the missile and the circumstances of the explosion.

Ukrainian investigators joined the probe on Friday.

Mr Wos’ funeral was held at a village church and he was to be buried in the local cemetery, PAP said.

The funeral had elements of a state funeral, with a military honor guard and Polish officials and Ukrainian representatives joined by the man’s family and members of the community.

The Ukrainian consul-general in the nearby city of Lublin laid a wreath in the colors of Ukraine, PAP reported.

The funeral and burial were held privately, with the Wos family not requesting media access.

The other victim is to be buried on Sunday.

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