World leaders gathering at G20 summit in Bali spread potential escalation of months-long Ukraine war after ‘Russian-made’ missile lands in NATO member Poland, killing two I’m trying to let
The missile landed on Tuesday outside the rural Polish village of Przewodow, about 4 miles (6.4 km) west of the Ukrainian border. This was around the same time Russia launched its largest wave of missile attacks in over a month against a Ukrainian city.
It is the first time a NATO member state has been directly attacked during the nearly nine-month-long conflict, and the circumstances surrounding the incident remain unclear. The Polish foreign ministry said it was “made in Russia,” but did not know who launched the missile or where it came from.
Both Russian and Ukrainian armies have used Russian-made munitions during the conflict, and Ukraine has deployed Russian-made missiles as part of its air defense system.
Speaking to reporters after an emergency meeting with G7 and NATO leaders on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Bali, Indonesia, U.S. President Joe Biden said the preliminary information was that the missile had been launched from within Russia. He said it suggested the chances of it being fired were “low”, but he couldn’t say finally until the investigation was completed.
Biden said he “agreed to support the Polish investigation into the blast…and will be able to find out exactly what happened,” adding that he was sympathetic to the two deaths. “Then we collectively decide on our next steps as we research and progress. There was unanimous agreement among those at the table,” he added.
Biden briefed the leaders on an earlier meeting between Polish President Andrzej Duda and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.
In early comments on Tuesday, Duda said it was not clear who launched the missile, but that it was “most likely” manufactured in Russia. “We are working calmly, very calmly.
The Kremlin has denied any involvement in the explosion, and the Russian Defense Ministry has accused Polish media reports of the initial deaths of a “deliberate provocation to escalate the situation.”
Photos of the wreckage released by the Polish media “are from the site in the village of Przelodov and have nothing to do with Russian weapons,” he added.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told CNN that there was no information about the explosion in Poland.
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Tuesday that evidence suggested the missile that landed at Przełodow was a “lone action” and that there was no evidence of further missile attacks.
However, Poland is stepping up its military preparations, Morawiecki said, and said Poland is conducting in-depth analysis and consultations with its allies regarding the potential use of Article 4 of the NATO treaty. Article 4 allows Member States to seek consultation with other Allies and States.
Witnesses to the explosion described hearing a terrifying “whoosh” as the projectile flew over the town and the force of the explosion shook nearby windows.
A video captured by a resident, geolocated and confirmed by CNN, shows a large plume of smoke billowing into the center of the village.
At the blast site, local media circulated images of a crater and an overturned farm vehicle. CNN cannot independently verify the photos.
In his speech, Duda said the US would send experts to investigate the scene as part of the joint operation.
“It is important that all the facts are established,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said after calling Duda on Tuesday.
“I offer my condolences to those who lost their lives. NATO is monitoring the situation and our allies are in close consultation. It is important that all facts are established,” Stoltenberg said in a statement. rice field.