WYOMISSING, Pa. – A psychologist who was in Eastern Europe earlier in the Russia-Ukraine war shares his thoughts after a Russian-made missile reportedly hit Poland near the border, killing two people.
Timothy Ring, a clinical psychologist based in Wyomissing, said he spent time near the Ukrainian border with a US medical team treating Ukrainian refugees in Poland. Ring said he visited the refugee centers there.
“The Polish people, those I had spoken to, were always concerned about the possibility of invasion,” Ring said. “As a result, there was a lot of talk about NATO protection and that Vladimir Putin would never violate Poland because of NATO protection.”
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called the strike “a very significant escalation in the war”.
In statements, Poland and NATO suggested that they are not treating the incident as a Russian attack for now. Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said the government is examining and increasing its military preparedness.
Ring says the people of Poland have an incredibly strong culture and that they are from a country that he said would do anything to defend itself.
“Let’s hope the Polish people can count on their NATO allies to strengthen the defense of any threat to even more countries in that region of Eastern Europe,” Ring said.
Russia’s defense ministry denied being behind attacks on targets near the Ukraine-Poland border, saying the photos of the damage had nothing to do with Russian weapons.