Russian missiles have killed two people in NATO member Poland, a senior US intelligence official has told the AP news agency.
A Russian missile barrage on the Ukrainian power grid sent the war spilling over into neighbouring Poland this Tuesday, it was claimed a missile hit NATO member Poland killing two people. The strike it was claimed also cut electricity to much of Moldova.
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has called an urgent meeting to discuss national security, a government spokesman said on Twitter.
State news agency PAP said the meeting was to be held at 8pm GMT.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Russian missiles had struck Poland and he had long warned that Russian actions were not limited to Ukraine.
Polish media said missiles hit an area where grain was drying in Przewodow, a village in eastern Poland near the border with Ukraine.
The Russian military has vehemently denied the claims stating: Missile fragments, photos of which were published by Polish media on the scene, “have nothing to do with Russian weapons,” the Russian Defense Ministry said.
Statements by Polish media and officials about the alleged ‘Russian’ missiles falling in the area of the village of Przewodow are “a deliberate provocation in order to escalate the situation,” the Russian military added.
While AP reported that Russian missiles had crossed into Poland, citing an unnamed “senior US intelligence official,” the Pentagon declined to corroborate the claim.
“I can tell you that we don’t have any information at this time to corroborate those reports and are looking into this further,” Air Force Brigadier General Patrick Ryder told reporters, when asked about the Przewodow incident.
The Polish government spokesman Piotr Mueller called on the media and the public “not to publish unconfirmed information.”
The US Pentagon said today that it could not confirm reports that two Russian missiles had crossed into Poland and killed two people, reports Reuters.
A Pentagon spokesperson, Patrick Ryder, gave the update during a news briefing on Tuesday:
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.
Areas of control in Ukraine
- Ukraine’s public broadcaster reported that the strikes have targeted Kyiv, Kyiv region, Kharkiv city as well as Poltava, Mykolaiv, Dnipro, Zhytomyr, Khmelnytskyi, Lviv, Cherkassy, Odesa, and Chernihiv regions. The strikes follow Russia’s retreat from Kherson and the west bank of the Dnipro River last week.
- Russia fired “around 100 missiles” at cities across Ukraine, according to Yurii Ihnat, a spokesperson for the Ukrainian air force command.
- At least one person has died after three residential buildings in the capital, Kyiv, were hit, according to the city’s mayor, Vitali Klitschko. He said the buildings were in Kyiv’s Pechersk district, a residential area just north of the presidential administration. Klitschko said medics and rescue workers were on their way to the scenes. Widespread power outages are reported across the country as a result of the attack.
- The head of Ukraine’s presidential administration, Andriy Yermak, said the attack was a response to president Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s address to the G20 on Tuesday. Zelenskiy called on the leaders to support Ukraine to end it on its terms – the primary being that Russian troops leave all of Ukraine, including the areas it occupied in 2014. Zelenskiy is calling for an international conference to “cement key element of the postwar security architecture” and prevent a recurrence of “Russian aggression”.
- The Russian military has vehemently denied the claims stating: Missile fragments, photos of which were published by Polish media on the scene, “have nothing to do with Russian weapons,” the Russian Defense Ministry said.
- The US Pentagon said today that it could not confirm reports that two Russian missiles had crossed into Poland and killed two people, reports Reuters.