Russia launches missile attack against Ukraine and one enters Polish airspace

The incident came as Russia launched its third massive missile attack against Ukraine in the last four days, and its second against the capital of kyiv.

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kyiv, Ukraine – Poland demanded an explanation from Russia on Sunday after one of its missiles briefly strayed into Polish airspace during a massive missile attack on Ukraine, prompting the NATO member to activate F fighter jets. -16.

The incident came as Russia launched its third massive missile attack against Ukraine in the last four days, and its second against the capital of kyiv.

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The head of kyiv’s military administration, Serhiy Popko, said Russia used cruise missiles launched from Tu-95MS strategic bombers. An air alert in the capital lasted more than two hours as rockets entered kyiv in groups from the north.

It said the attacks were launched from the Engels district in Russia’s Saratov region.

According to preliminary data, there were no casualties or damage in the capital, he said.

The Operational Command of the Polish Armed Forces, a NATO member, said in a statement that a violation of Polish airspace occurred at 04:23 hours (03:23 GMT) by one of the cruise missiles launched by Russia. against towns in western Ukraine.

The object entered near Oserdow, a village in an agricultural region near the Ukrainian border, and remained there for 39 seconds, according to the statement.

Poland’s Defense Minister Władysław Kosiniak-Kamysz later told reporters in a televised press conference that the Russian missile would have been shot down if there had been any indication that it was heading toward a target in Poland.

He said Polish authorities monitored the attack on Ukraine and were in contact with their Ukrainian counterparts. Polish and NATO F-16s were activated as part of the strategic response.

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It said the missile penetrated Polish airspace about one to two kilometers (0.6 miles to 1.2 miles) as Russia targeted the region around Lviv in western Ukraine.

“As last night’s rocket attack on Ukraine was one of the most intense since the beginning of Russian aggression, all strategic procedures were started on time and the object was monitored until it left Polish airspace,” he said.

On the diplomatic front, the Polish Foreign Ministry said it would “demand explanations from the Russian Federation in relation to another violation of the country’s airspace.”

“Above all, we call on the Russian Federation to stop terrorist airstrikes against the inhabitants and territory of Ukraine, end the war and address the country’s internal problems,” the statement read.

Andrzej Szejna, deputy foreign minister, told broadcaster TVN24 that the Foreign Ministry intended to summon the Russian ambassador to Poland and hand him a note of protest.

Henryk Zdyb, head of the village of Oserdow, said in an interview with the Gazeta Wyborcza newspaper that he saw the missile and claimed it produced a whistle.

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“I saw a rapidly moving object in the sky. “It was illuminated and was flying quite low over the border with Ukraine,” he told the newspaper.

Since Russia invaded Ukraine, there have been a series of intrusions into Polish airspace, raising concerns in the European Union member state and reminding people how close war is.

In 2022, two Poles were killed in a missile explosion. Western officials blamed those deaths on a stray Ukrainian air defense missile, but also accused Russia of being to blame for starting the war, with the Ukrainian missiles launched in self-defense.

On Saturday night, one person was killed and four wounded in a Ukrainian missile attack on Sevastopol in the Russian-occupied Crimean peninsula, the city’s governor, Mikhail Razvozhaev, said on his Telegram channel.

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