Russian missiles are said to have landed in Poland.
Fabian BabicEditor’s News
Two Russian missiles hit the Polish village of Przewodów on Tuesday evening. The local radio station Radio Zet informs about it. Two people died as a result. The village borders directly with Ukraine. The rockets are apparently stray projectiles. Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki (54) called an extraordinary meeting of the Council of Ministers for National Security and Defense, the government spokesman announced on Twitter. Official confirmation of the incident is still awaited.
According to the Associated Press news agency, a US intelligence official confirmed that Poland was hit by Russian missiles. Patrick Ryder, a spokesman for the US Department of Defense in Washington, said there was currently no information to confirm Polish media reports of the alleged Russian missile attack. The Pentagon is currently reviewing the reports. However, Ryder stressed: “We have made it very clear that we will defend every inch of NATO territory.”
Missiles hit NATO territory
Unlike Ukraine, Poland is a member of NATO. This could mean that a Russian attack on a Polish village would trigger Article 5 of the NATO treaty. This says that an armed attack against one or more contracting parties is considered an attack against all contracting parties.
The first senior politicians have already reacted to the rocket attacks. Artis Pabriks, 56, Latvia’s defense minister, expressed his condolences on Twitter. For him, it is clear who is behind the attacks: “The criminal Russian regime fired rockets that were not only aimed at Ukrainian civilians, but also landed on NATO territory in Poland. Latvia fully stands by our Polish friends and condemns this crime.” The Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs was also concerned: “We are in full solidarity with our close ally Poland,” the ministry wrote on Twitter. However, the country is also determined to intervene if necessary: ”Estonia is ready to defend every centimeter of NATO territory.”
The reaction can also be heard from Hungary. Zoltán Kovács (53), State Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Relations, writes on Twitter that Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán (59) has convened the Hungarian Security Council.
Massive missile attacks on Ukraine
On Tuesday, Russia fired numerous missiles at Ukraine. According to information from Kiev, the missile attacks were probably the most massive shelling of energy infrastructure since the beginning of the war. According to him, the energy situation is critical. More than seven million households were left temporarily in the dark on Tuesday as power went out or had to be turned off, authorities said.
“About 100 missiles were launched on the territory of Ukraine,” said the spokesman of the Ukrainian Air Force, Yuriy Ihnat. As a result, serious damage was caused. State energy supplier Ukrenerho had to switch to emergency blackouts to balance the grid. About 70 incoming projectiles were shot down. However, 15 energy supply facilities in different parts of the country were hit, Kyrylo Tymoshenko (33), deputy head of the Ukrainian presidential office, said in Telegram. The capital city of Kyiv was also hit, with authorities saying a woman was killed.