Image ID 2KF9MW5 Polish soldiers near the site of the explosion in Przewodow, eastern Poland near Ukraine border 17112022 CREDIT REUTERS,Alamy Stock Photo EXP 20112023.jpg
Polish soldiers near the site of the explosion in Przewodow, eastern Poland a village near the Ukraine border (Picture: Reuters/ Alamy Stock Photo).
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Funeral held for first of two Poles killed in missile blast

Image ID 2KF9MW5 Polish soldiers near the site of the explosion in Przewodow, eastern Poland near Ukraine border 17112022 CREDIT REUTERS,Alamy Stock Photo EXP 20112023.jpg
Polish soldiers near the site of the explosion in Przewodow, eastern Poland a village near the Ukraine border (Picture: Reuters/ Alamy Stock Photo).

A funeral has been held for one of two Polish men killed in a missile explosion near the border with Ukraine – deaths Western officials said appear to have been caused by a Ukrainian air defence missile which went astray.

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

A family member carried a black and white photograph of him, while another man carried a crucifix bearing his name.

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

Mr Wos and another man died on Tuesday in Przewodow, a small farming community some four miles from the border with Ukraine as that country was defending itself against a barrage of Russian missiles directed at its power infrastructure.

Officials from Poland, NATO and the United States say they think Russia is to blame for the deaths no matter what, because a Ukrainian missile would not have misfired had it defended itself against Russian attacks.

"We will get to the facts behind Poland missile incident", Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said.

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

Ukrainian investigators joined the inquiry on Friday.

Mr Wos's funeral took place in a village church and had elements of a state funeral, with a military honour guard and Polish officials and Ukrainian representatives joining the man's family and members of the community.

The other victim is to be buried today.