Poland has convened its national security council after the impact of two possible missiles on its territory. The explosion occurred in the town of Przewodów, in the province of Lublin, a few kilometers from the Ukrainian border, without confirming the origin of the attack.
According to the local press, the devices hit a barn and killed at least two people. The Pentagon is investigating the information.
The Polish Prime Minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, has convened the Committee of the Council of Ministers for National Security to investigate the origin of the explosion and the Government has raised the level of preparation of the army to alert level, as announced by the government spokesman. Pole, Piotr Muller, at a press conference in the capital, Warsaw.
The Pentagon press secretary stated the following:
“At this time we do not have any information corroborating those reports and we are investigating further. So when we have an update to provide, we’ll make sure to do it,” said US Brigadier General Pat Ryder.
According to NATO Article 5, any attack against one country of the alliance will be considered an attack against all. But before invoking this article, Poland has to determine whether it is a Russian missile, or a Ukrainian anti-aircraft missile, or the remnants of a Russian missile.
NATO is also “examining” these reports, while Zelensky directly accuses Russia of firing missiles at Poland, which he considers “a very significant escalation.” Moscow says wreckage published in the media from the crash site has no connection to Russian weapons.
The spokesman for the Government of Poland, Piotr Müller, announced to the press this afternoon in Warsaw the meeting of the Commission of the Council of Ministers for National Security and Defense Affairs and urged the media not to publish “unconfirmed information”.
“Any information presented to the Commission today will be communicated to the public afterwards to the extent possible,” he added, adding that the decision to call the meeting was taken together with Polish President Andrzej Duda.
The meeting was attended, in addition to Morawiecki, by the Minister of the Interior, Mariusz Kaminksi, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Zbigniew Rau, the Minister of Justice, Zbigniew Ziobro, the commander of the operational sectors of the armed forces and the head of the police polish.
Polish radio station ZET reported this afternoon that two Russian missiles hit a barn in Przewodów, killing two civilians.
The police and the Army are already present at the scene, according to the media, which added that the firefighters have confirmed that there have been explosions in that town.
The incident comes on a day when Russia has launched a strong counteroffensive after the loss of Kherson, with shelling in the Ukrainian capital and other cities hitting residential buildings, killing at least one person in kyiv. Many of the targets were related, according to kyiv, to energy infrastructure, which has caused power outages in much of the country.