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Nations scramble as Poland hit by 'Russian' missiles: 'HUGE MISTAKE'

Two people have been killed in an explosion in Przewodow, a village in eastern Poland near the border with Ukraine as NATO allies investigate reports the blast resulted from Russian missiles.

The Associated Press earlier cited a senior United States intelligence official as saying the blast was due to Russian missiles crossing into Poland.

But the Pentagon said it could not confirm that account.

Two people have reportedly been killed by the seemingly errant missile strike in Poland.
Two people have reportedly been killed by the seemingly errant missile strike. Source: Getty

The White House also said it could not confirm reports coming out of Poland and was working with the Polish government to gather more information.

Russia's defence ministry denied reports Russian missiles had hit Polish territory, describing them as "a deliberate provocation aimed at escalating the situation".

It added in a statement: "No strikes on targets near the Ukrainian-Polish state border were made by Russian means of destruction."

The Kremlin did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has called an urgent meeting of a government committee for national security and defence affairs, government spokesman Piotr Muller said on Twitter.

Latvian Deputy Prime Minister Artis Pabriks said on Twitter Russia "fired missiles which target not only Ukrainian civilians but also landed on NATO territory in Poland".

Officials from Norway, Lithuania and Estonia - members of the NATO defence alliance - said they were trying to find out more.

"This is a very serious incident but much remains unclear," Norwegian Foreign Minister Anniken Huitfeldt said, according to Norwegian news agency NTB.

A suspected missile crater in Przewodów, Poland. Source: Facebook/Wolski o Wojnie
A suspected missile crater in Przewodów, Poland. Source: Facebook/Wolski o Wojnie

Missile strike potentially a 'huge mistake'

Members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) are committed to collective defence and the possibility the Polish explosion resulted from an intentional or accidental Russian strike raised alarm.

"Every inch of #NATO territory must be defended!," Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda said on Twitter.

Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu said, according to BNS newswire: "We are discussing with our allies how to respond to what happened jointly and decisively."

Polish Radio ZET reported earlier that two stray missiles hit Przewodow, killing two people, without giving any more details.

"Firefighters are on the spot. It's not clear what has happened," said Lukasz Kucy, an officer on duty at a firefighters' post near the Polish village.

Russia was pounding cities across Ukraine with missiles on Tuesday, in attacks Kyiv said were the heaviest wave of missile strikes in almost nine months of war.

Some hit Lviv, which is less than 80km from the border with Poland.

Muller told reporters later on Tuesday the committee was convened due to the "crisis situation", adding relevant information would be presented to the public later.

He called on media not to publish "unverified information" in the meantime.

While details remain unclear at the moment, president of Eurasia Group, Ian Bremmer, described it as likely "a huge mistake". And one that could risk escalating Russia's war in Europe.

Australia makes statement on Poland strike

Foreign Minister Penny Wong says she is deeply concerned by reports Russian missiles have strayed into Poland. Australia stands alongside Ukraine in condemning the attacks, Senator Wong said.

"Reports these missiles have also struck Polish territory are deeply concerning," she said in a statement on Wednesday.

"We again call on Russia to withdraw its forces and end its illegal, immoral war."

US President Joe Biden has held talks with Polish President Andrzej Duda since the incident.

Ukraine's ambassador to Australia Vasyl Myroshnychenko said Ukraine was expecting a response from NATO.

"It will be up to NATO to decide how to react to this," he told the Seven Network.

"As we can see, Russia is a terrorist state. It is unacceptable what they are doing and how they are making life unbearable for the civilians."

Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong issued a statement in the wake of the Poland strike.
Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong issued a statement in the wake of the Poland strike. Source: Reuters

Opposition Leader Peter Dutton said he was troubled by the latest developments in the conflict.

"There are neighbouring countries who have been very worried, Poland in particular, because of the threat not just of conventional war but the prospect of nuclear war under President (Vladimir) Putin," he told Sky News.

"To see people killed in Poland now is a tragedy for them and for their families, for the country, but for the region as well."

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