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

On 15 November 2022 at 3:40 pm, a Russia-made missile dropped on the village of Przewodów, district Hrubieszów, Lubelskie province, and resulted in the death of two citizens of the Republic of Poland, Polish MFA wrote in a statement

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“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 emphasised.

“I am after a whole series of international consultations, including with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltemberg and the U.S. President Joe Biden, who assured us that the U.S. is honouring the alliances and is with us. Allied commitments are in force. The United States stands with us,” Polish President Andrzej Duda reported.

I spoke with President Andrzej Duda of Poland to express my deep condolences for the loss of life in Eastern Poland and offer our full support for Poland's investigation of the explosion.

We will remain in close touch to determine appropriate next steps as it proceeds.

— President Biden (@POTUS) November 16, 2022

Krzysztof Szczerski, Permanent Representative of Poland to the United Nations in New York announced that he will present the Polish position on the current situation at the organisation’s Security Council meeting on Wednesday.

In response to the missile strike, Group of Seven leaders are also arranging an emergency summit meeting on Wednesday, the Kyodo news agency said citing a Japanese government source.

The missiles hit the village of Przewodow in Poland ����

Przewodow is 7 km away from the Polish-Ukrainian Border ����

The missiles landed 120km from Belarus, and 70km north of Lviv

— Ukraine Battle Map (@ukraine_map) November 15, 2022

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.

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