Russian Missile Hits Poland Killing Two People

U.S. intelligence officials told The Associated Press that Russian missiles flew over NATO territory and killed two people in Poland on Tuesday.

Although the Polish government has not confirmed the report, its spokesman, Piotr Mueller, said top leaders are meeting to discuss the “crisis situation.”

The projectile struck a grain drying area near the Ukrainian border in the village of Przewodów, killing two people.

The Polish defense ministry and NATO could not be reached for confirmation on the strikes.

According to Pentagon officials, the reports are being taken seriously and the Pentagon is looking into them.”

There is currently no information to corroborate the press reports on this topic, Pentagon Press Secretary Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder said. “I won’t speculate or get into hypotheticals when it comes to our security commitments.”

“Our commitment to NATO territory has been crystal clear,” he said regarding Article 5.

According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, the reports were “deliberate provocation to escalate the situation.”

“There were no Russian strikes against targets near the border between Ukrainian and Polish states,” Russia announced.

A spokesperson for the National Security Council confirmed on Twitter that the White House is “working with Poland to gather more information.”

“At this time, we are unable to confirm the reports or details. We will evaluate what happened and what the next steps should be,” she said.

When Russia’s aggression threatens Poland or any other NATO member nation, President Biden has consistently assured them that the United States will remain steadfast in its support.

As soon as Biden returned from Poland, where he had met with Polish officials and Ukrainian refugees who fled the war-torn nation during the early days of the conflict, he issued a blunt assessment of Washington’s policy.

As Biden said from Warsaw in March, “Don’t move an inch on any NATO territory. Under Article 5, we have a sacred obligation to defend every inch of NATO territory.”

“We’re fully prepared to defend…our NATO allies. Every inch of NATO territory — every inch of NATO territory,” Biden declared at the White House in September.

“I am saying every inch,” he said. “Don’t misunderstand, Mr. Putin.

Just last month, Polish lawmakers called on Russia to be designated as a “terrorist state” for its role in the war in Ukraine.

According to Rebekah Koffler, a Russian expert and former DIA intelligence officer, the strikes Tuesday were a mere accident.

“Moscow does not want to start a war. If there’s one thing Putin fears, it’s U.S.-NATO intervention,” she said, stating that the strikes Tuesday were unintentional. A path like that could lead to U.S.-NATO involvement in the Russian-Ukraine conflict, possibly leading to a third world war.

“Hopefully, Moscow, Washington, and Kiev will realize they are playing with fire and come to the negotiating table,” she said. “Cooler heads must prevail.”

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