The Polish government indicated that “a Russian-made projectile” fell on its territory “killing two Polish citizens” and reported that the Russian ambassador in Warsaw was summoned to give “detailed explanations” about what happened.
Quickly, once the news was known, videos began to circulate on social networks about the place of impact, in the town of Przewodow.
In one of them you can see the hole left by one of the rockets, as well as a series of vehicles affected by the effect of the impact and the explosion.
According to Polish media, the explosion took place in the town of Przewodow, a few kilometers from the Ukrainian border. From a nearby area, a citizen recorded the moment after the impact of one of the missiles.
The ambassadors of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) will meet on Wednesday in Brussels to discuss the situation.
Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelensky, accused Russia of firing missiles at Poland. Russia dismissed that version as a “provocation” with a view to increasing tensions.
The President of the European Council, Charles-Michelsaid he was “shocked” and announced that he will propose “a coordination meeting” of the leaders of the European Union (EU) who are participating in the G20 summit of industrialized and emerging powers that is taking place in Bali (Indonesia).
Poland decided to “raise the alert level of some combat units,” government spokesman Piotr Müller announced after an emergency meeting of the National Security Council.
In the United States, the State Department indicated that it was “determining what happened” and what the “appropriate next steps” will be.
NATO is “monitoring the situation” and “it is important that all the facts are established,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg tweeted.
Poland is protected by the article 5 of the NATO treatywhich stipulates that if a member state is the target of an armed attack, its partners will consider the act as an armed attack directed against the group of member countries and will take the measures they deem necessary to help the attacked country.
Zelensky, who insistently calls for more Western aid, accused Moscow of provoking a “very significant escalation” of the conflict and urged NATO to “act”.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba categorically denied that his country had launched a missile to provoke a NATO reaction.
“Russia promotes a conspiracy theory that an alleged Ukrainian air defense missile landed on Polish territory. This is not true. No one should buy Russian propaganda or amplify its messages,” he said.