At least two dead after Russian missiles land in NATO state Poland on Ukraine border
The Prime Minister of Poland has called an emergency meeting following the explosion.
18:17, Tue, Nov 15, 2022 | UPDATED: 19:32, Tue, Nov 15, 2022
Russian missiles land in NATO state Poland on Ukraine border killing at least two (Image: Radio Zet)
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Two people have been killed in Poland after two stray Russian rockets landed near the border with Ukraine. The rockets landed in the NATO state following Russia’s mass bombardment of Ukrainian cities earlier today, which saw over 100 rockets launched.
According to the AP news agency, a senior US intelligence official said that the missiles were of Russian origin. Poland’s Prime Minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, has convened the Committee of the Council of Ministers for National Security and Defense Affairs “as a matter of urgency”, government spokesman Piotr Müller confirmed, with local news sites claiming this is likely the result of the explosions. The meeting will reportedly take place at 9pm local time (8pm British time).
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The rockets fell in the town of Przewodów, hitting grain dryers. The police, prosecutor’s office and the army are reportedly already on the site.
Meanwhile, Polish Armed Forces are reportedly on “high alert”.
The attack could prompt Poland to trigger NATO’s Article 5 provisions, calling on all of the treaty’s members to attack Russia. According to Article 5, an attack against one NATO Ally is considered an attack against all Allies.
They may also invoke Article 4, which calls for Allies to consult together when “in the opinion of any one of them, the territorial integrity, political independence or security of any of the parties is threatened”.
“The most important people in the country” are attending the emergency meeting (Image: Radio Zet)
Some analysts have suggested the rockets’ intended target may have been Lviv, a Ukrainian city about 100km south of Przewodów. The missile fell 65 kilometres within Poland.
“The most important people in the country” are attending Poland’s emergency meeting, according to local news outlet Radio Zet. The station also reported that military planes were scrambled in response.
The price of oil has already reacted to the rockets landing in Poland, climbing 2.3 percent to $87.82 according to the West Texas Intermediate benchmark.
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A huge crater is visible where the missile struck (Image: Twitter / @Faytuks)
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Latvia’s Minister of Defence, Artis Pabriks, said: “My condolences to our Polish brothers in arms. Criminal Russian regime fired missiles which target not only Ukrainian civilians but also landed on NATO territory in Poland. Latvia fully stands with Polish friends and condemns this crime.”
The Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has also reportedly convened his defense council.
The Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs have also declared their “full solidarity” with Poland, saying it is “convening closely with Poland and other Allies.” The ministry added: “Estonia is ready to defend every inch of NATO territory.”
Express.co.uk has contacted the UK Foreign Office for comment.
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Moldova, another neighbouring country of Ukraine, was also impacted by Russia’s massive missile attack today, after it caused a major electricity outage.
The country’s foreign minister, Nicu Popescu, called on Russia to “stop the destruction now”, highlighting that “every bomb falling on Ukraine is also affecting Moldova and our people”.
Russia’s strikes on Ukraine today left much of Kyiv and other cities without electricity as civilian infrastructure was ravaged by the attacks.
At least one person is confirmed to have died in Ukraine as a result, although there may be more casualties.