Poland:-The Pentagon said on November 15, 2022 it could not confirm reports that Russian missiles have crossed into Poland near the Ukraine border.
“We are aware of the press reports alleging that two Russian missiles have struck a location inside Poland near the Ukraine border. I can tell you that we don’t have any information at this time to corroborate those reports and are looking into this further,” Pentagon spokesperson Brig. Gen. Patrick Ryder told a news briefing.
Here are the latest updates:
1) NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said it was important to find out the facts about what caused a deadly “explosion” in Poland after holding talks with Poland President Andrzej Duda.
2) Russia has denied reports that their missiles had hit Polish territory. In a statement on Telegram, Moscow’s defence minister was quoted as saying, “Statements by Polish media and officials about Russian missiles hitting Polish territory are a deliberate provocation aimed at escalating the situation.”
3) Poland has put its military on heightened alert after an emergency national security council meeting. “There has been a decision to raise the state of readiness of some combat units and other uniformed services,” government spokesperson Piotr Muller told reporters after the meeting in Warsaw.
4) Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky said Russian missile hitting Poland were a “significant escalation” of the conflict. “Russian missiles hit Poland,” Zelensky said but did not provide evidence of the strikes.
“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.
5) 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.
6) 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”. “We are closely monitoring the situation and are in touch with Polish authorities and partners and allies”, she said on Twitter.
7) 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.
8) 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.
9) 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.
10) 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.