Poland announced early Wednesday that a Russian-made missile had fallen in the country’s east, killing two people in a blast that marked the first time Russian weapons had fallen on a NATO country since the invasion of Ukraine. President Joe Biden told reporters on the sidelines of the Group of Twenty summit that the United States and its allies will support Poland’s investigation into a blast that it claims was caused by a Russian-made rocket.
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According to the Polish Foreign Ministry, the rocket landed in Przewodow, a village in eastern Poland about 6 kilometers from the Ukrainian border. According to media reports, the strike occurred at a grain-drying facility.
2 Russian stray missiles have just hit a farm in Przewodów on the Polish side of the Polish-Ukrainian border, killing 2 Poles.
Polish PM Morawiecki & President Duda have summoned a crisis meeting of the National Security Bureau.
NATO article 5? pic.twitter.com/sDSoGMO6xP
— Visegrád 24 (@visegrad24) November 15, 2022
Following Poland’s announcement that a Russian-made rocket had killed two people in eastern Poland near Ukraine, US President Joe Biden convened an emergency meeting with global leaders attending the G20 summit. Poland summoned Russia’s ambassador to Warsaw and demanded an explanation.
President Andrzej Duda of Poland said there was no clear evidence of who fired the missile, but it was “most likely Russian-made.” “We do not have unambiguous proof of who fired the missile at this time,” he said.
The Russian defence ministry denied reports that missiles fired by Russian forces had landed in Poland. “With their statement on alleged impact of ‘Russian’ rockets, Polish mass media and officials commit deliberate provocation to escalate (the) situation,” it said in an online statement.
Alarmed by reports of an explosion in Poland, following a massive Russian missile strike on Ukrainian cities.
I extend my condolences and my strongest message of support and solidarity with Poland and our Ukrainian friends.
— Ursula von der Leyen (@vonderleyen) November 15, 2022
NATO ambassadors will meet at Poland’s request under NATO Article 4. Article 4 of NATO states that members may raise any issue of concern regarding a member country’s security. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg convened an emergency meeting of the alliance’s envoys in Poland to discuss the events near the Ukrainian border.