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Polish MFA confirms: explosion near Ukrainian border caused by Russian missile

At 3:40 p.m. CET, a Russian-made missile fell in the village of Przewodów in the Hrubieszów district of the Lubelskie province voivodship, killing two citizens of the Republic of Poland, Polish MFA wrote in a statement.

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“In connection with the incident, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Professor Zbigniew Rau, summoned the Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with a demand for an immediate detailed explanation,” the ministry added.

Earlier, Piotr Müller, spokesman for the Polish government, told journalists that the situation is sensitive and the decision was made to increase the readiness of some Polish military units and uniformed services.

He also announced that the government is considering launching NATO article 4 which states that “the Parties will consult together whenever, in the opinion of any of them, the territorial integrity, political independence or security of any of the Parties is threatened.”

Jacek Siewiera, Head of the National Security Bureau, said that he remains in constant contact with Jake Sullivan, United States National Security Advisor to President Joe Biden.

Police, the prosecutor’s office and the army are on the scene.

“During a conversation with Lloyd J. Austin III, the United States Secretary of Defence, I heard assurances that we can count on U.S. support at all times… The Polish military is monitoring the situation and providing security. I appeal for caution when commenting on the situation,” Mariusz Błaszczak, Polish Defence Minister wrote on social media.

“I appeal to all Poles to remain calm around this tragedy. Let us be considerate. Let us not allow ourselves to be manipulated. We must be guided by restraint and prudence,” Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki said, at the same time announcing that surveillance of the Polish airspace has been increased following the incident.

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