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Poland: 2 dead as Russian airstrike hits Poland near Ukraine, NATO calls emergency meet

Poland: Two people have died after two Russian missiles fell on NATO member country Poland. Poland has put its military on heightened readiness after reported Russian strikes inside the NATO member's borders amid the ongoing war in Ukraine.

By Priyanka Verma 
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Poland: Two people have died after two Russian missiles fell on NATO member country Poland. Poland has put its military on heightened readiness after reported Russian strikes inside the NATO member’s borders amid the ongoing war in Ukraine. The blast in a Polish village – about 15 miles from the Ukrainian border – that reports said resulted from the Russian strikes. After this incident, the local police and army are doing relief and rescue work.

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Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki convened a meeting of the Security Council Committee of the Council of Ministers after reports of missiles falling on the Polish side of the border. Polish government spokesman Piotr Müller tweeted that “the Prime Minister urgently called the Committee of Ministers for National Security and Defense Affairs. The Associated Press, citing a senior US intelligence official, said the blast was due to Russian missile crossing into Poland. The Pentagon and White House said they were investigating the claims.

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said it was important to find out the facts about the cause of the deadly “blast” in Poland after talks with Polish President Andrzej Duda. Russia has denied reports that their missiles had targeted Polish territory. In a statement on Telegram, Moscow’s Defense Minister was quoted as saying, “Statements by Polish media and officials about Russian missiles hitting Polish territory are a deliberate provocation with the aim of escalating the situation.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky commented on the explosions in Poland. He said- Terror is not limited to the boundaries of our state. He said that an attack on NATO territory is a very serious matter. It is necessary to act on this. “The longer Russia feels impunity, the more threats there will be to anyone within reach of Russian missiles. To fire missiles at NATO territory! This is a Russian missile attack on collective security! This is a very significant escalation. We must act,” Zelensky added.

US State Department deputy spokesperson Vedant Patel said reports of Russian missiles crossing into Poland near the Ukrainian border were “incredibly concerning.” He said that Washington was working to determine what happened and appropriate next steps.European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said she was “alarmed” by the reports of an explosion in Poland and was “closely monitoring the situation”.

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“We are closely monitoring the situation and are in touch with Polish authorities and partners and allies”, she said on Twitter. Polish President Andrzej Duda held talks with his US counterpart Joe Biden. “The conversation between the US and Polish presidents is ongoing,” Polish presidential adviser Jakub Kumoch said on Twitter.

The United Kingdom said was “urgently” looking into reports of missile landing in Poland, and is “in contact with our Polish friends and NATO allies. The strikes marked the first time in the ongoing Ukrainian war that Russian weapons came down on a NATO country and risks an escalation in the conflict.

NATO ambassadors are expected to meet on Wednesday at the request of Poland on basis of NATO’s Article 4, Reuters reported, citing European diplomats. According to Article 4 of NATO, members can raise any issue of concern related to the security of a member country.

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