NATO: A missile that left 2 dead in Poland likely came from Ukrainian defense system

Published November 16, 2022 at 8:30 AM EST
UN Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg
John Thys
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg addresses media after a meeting of the North Atlantic Council yesterday. Stoltenberg said the deadly explosion in Poland was probably the result of Ukrainian anti-aircraft fire but that Russia bears "ultimate responsibility" for the war.

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Polish President Andrezej Duda said the missile that hit Przewodow, a village near the Ukrainian border, was "probably an accident" from Ukrainian air defenses. President Joe Biden, who called an emergency meeting with G7 and NATO allies yesterday, also said it was "unlikely" the missile was fired from Russia, but he'd support a complete investigation.

Here's what we're following today:

  • Standing down on Article 4: The Polish government said it may not be necessary to invoke Article 4 of the NATO treaty, which allows allies to "consult together" if any of the countries are under threat.
  • World leaders' reactions: Russia's Defense Ministry said that any suggestion its weapons had struck Poland was an "intentional provocation."
  • Damage in Ukraine: The Ukrainian air force said Russia fired about 100 missiles at Ukraine over the course of several hours on Tuesday afternoon and evening, leaving half of Kyiv without power.