The Polish army reported that an object entering the airspace from Belarus disappeared from the radar. In a statement made by the Polish Defense Ministry, it was announced that an object from the direction of Belarus entered Polish airspace. The object disappeared from the radar near the town of Rypin in the central parts of the country.
It was stated that the object detected by the Air Operations Center could be a surveillance balloon, while units of the Regional Defense Forces (Wojska Obrony Terytorialnej) started to search for the missing object.
The object, which is suspected to be a surveillance balloon, is the second case of violation of Polish airspace in recent times. At the end of April, it was revealed that the remains of military equipment found by a citizen in a forest in the village of Zamosc, 15 kilometers from the city of Bydgoszcz in Poland's Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship, belonged to a Russian CH-55 missile.
Following the incident, public debate began on how a Russian missile could have fallen on Polish soil without being detected by NATO radars and whether Poland's eastern border was adequately protected.
In response, the Polish army announced in mid-December that Russia had used aircraft deployed to Belarus in its intensive bombardment of Ukraine, and that NATO aircraft had been scrambled when a Russian Su-34 fighter-bomber approached Polish airspace.
In the meantime, the Polish military stated that the Polish authorities noticed an object (Russian missile) entering Poland from Belarus and followed it, and admitted that the object disappeared from the radar near Bydgoszcz, and that the search for the object was suspended due to adverse weather conditions.
It was revealed that the Air Operations Center reported the situation to the relevant commander, but the commander did not pass the matter on to the authorities. Following the media coverage of the incident after the object was found by a citizen, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and Minister of National Defense Mariusz Blaszczak announced that they were aware of the situation by the end of April.
Source: Ihlas News Agency - TGRT News