Polish media have reported that two citizens have been killed by a potential Russian missile near the country’s eastern border.
It’s been reported two people were killed in an explosion in Przewodow, a village which sits about 6km from the Ukraine border with Polish officials confirming it was a Russian made missile.
Poland and NATO allies including the US are investigating the strike as to whether it was intentional or a potential stray missile.
“I can tell you that we don’t have any information at this time to corroborate those reports and are looking into this further,” said Pentagon representative Patrick Ryder.
Several reports suggest that Poland is making moves to have an emergency meeting with the NATO council to discuss Article 4 of the treaty, which opens the discussions for when a NATO country feels a threat exists.
Two people have reportedly been killed by missiles or rockets in Poland as a wave of Russian strikes hit western Ukraine. The origin of the projectiles is unclear. https://t.co/Z5vngfu9Mv pic.twitter.com/qcQYCuKJ0C
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Russia has denied the strike by saying “No strikes on targets near the Ukrainian-Polish state border were made by Russian means of destruction”.
“Statements by Polish media and officials about ‘Russian’ missiles allegedly falling in the area of the settlement of Przewodow are a deliberate provocation aimed at escalating the situation,” they said.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy commented on the situation saying that Russia’s attack has now begun on others.
“Today, something that we have been warning for a long time has also happened. Terror is not limited to our state borders. Russian missiles hit Poland … Hit missiles on NATO territory. This is a Russian missile attack on collective security! This is a very significant escalation.”
President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen said they were closely monitoring the situation and are in contact with Poland and its allies.
Russia has increased its missile strikes on Ukraine in the past week, targeting energy facilities which has seen many parts of Ukraine including Kyiv and Lviv largely without power.
80 per cent of Lviv is reported to be without electricity, water and heating.
It’s believed one person was killed in these strikes but Zelenskyy has reassured people that the government are working to “restore everything”.