Polish police will learn how to use grenade launchers after an accident
Warsaw, Poland — New regulations in Poland require specialized police to undergo training with grenade launchers, which the media interpreted as a reaction to the accidental detonation by the Polish police chief of such a weapon which had been a gift from Ukraine.
Updated instructions for police training in the use of weapons came into force on January 1.
They were approved by the Interior Minister just two days after a grenade launcher – a gift from Ukrainian officials – unexpectedly exploded on December 14 as Polish police chief General Jaroslaw Szymczyk moved him to his office. He and another person were slightly injured.
In explaining the accident, Szymczyk said he was assured the giveaway thrower was free of explosives.
Some Polish politicians have argued that the police should be better acquainted with these weapons, while the media has linked the regulation update to the accident.
Poland has been a strong supporter of Ukraine in its war with Russia, and senior Polish government officials have visited Kyiv several times over the past year.
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