Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Tuesday accused Russia of firing missiles at NATO member Poland, which he saw as a “major escalation” in Russia’s war against his country.
In an address to the nation, Zelensky said: “Today Russian missiles hit Poland, the territory of an allied country. People were killed. Please accept our condolences.”
“we have to move”
“The longer Russia feels this impunity, the more threats there will be against anyone within Russian missile range. Firing missiles into NATO territory is a Russian attack on collective security. This is a very significant escalation. We must act,” he added.
In parallel, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba on Tuesday called for a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit involving his country to take further “joint measures” against Russia, after reports of rockets hitting Poland.
“Ready to provide any support”
“The collective response to Russia’s actions should be tough,” Kuleba said on Twitter, emphasizing Kiev’s full solidarity with Poland.
“We are ready to provide any support,” he added.
For his part, Mikhail Podolyak, adviser to the director of the Ukrainian president’s office, said what he called “attacks” on Polish territory were “not an accident, but a deliberately planned message” from Russia.
On the other hand, the Russian Defense Ministry on Tuesday denied the “allegations” of the media Poles on the fall of Russian missiles in Poland, believing that these accusations are “a provocation aimed at aggravating the situation”.
“We have not launched any attacks on targets close to the Ukrainian-Polish border,” the ministry added, noting that “the debris found at the scene has nothing to do with Russian weapons.”
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