Russian missiles ‘kill two people in NATO member Poland’
Russian missiles have allegedly crossed into NATO member country Poland, leaving two people dead and sparking a ‘crisis situation’.
A projectile struck an area where grain was drying in the Polish village of Przewodow yesterday.
The region is near the border with Ukraine, which has faced devastation ever since Vladimir Putin sent troops to invade in late February.
NATO called an emergency meeting on Wednesday following the incident, which could have serious ramifications.
The Polish Armed Forces are on ‘high alert’ and have reportedly summoned two fighter jets to the area from the airport in Tomaszów Lubelski.
Polish officials met to discuss a ‘crisis situation’ last night, before summoning the Russian ambassador.
Russia has denied the allegations, naming reports a ‘deliberate provocation’.
The claims were first reported by an anonymous US intelligence official, with a spokesperson for the Polish government initially saying they could not confirm the news.
Hours later, the Polish Foreign Ministry said a Russian-made rocket had fallen on Przewodow at 3.40pm local time, adding that it ‘demands immediate detailed explanations’.
Article 5 of NATO’s charter obliges countries to come to the defence of a fellow NATO member if attacked.
The military alliance has so far stopped short of sending troops in as Ukraine is not a member.
But leaders in the organisation have repeatedly condemned the war and have provided Ukraine with weapons to fight off Kremlin troops.