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Russian missiles crossed into Poland, killing two, says U.S. official

A senior U.S. intelligence official says Russian missiles crossed into NATO member Poland, killing two individuals.

Polish authorities spokesman Piotr Mueller didn’t instantly verify the knowledge, however mentioned prime leaders have been holding an emergency meeting as a result of a “crisis situation.”

Polish media reported that two individuals died Tuesday afternoon after a projectile struck an space the place grain was drying in Przewodów, a Polish village close to the border with Ukraine.

Pentagon press secretary Brig. Gen. Patrick Ryder mentioned he had no info proper now. 

“We are aware of the press reports alleging that two Russian missiles have struck a location inside Poland near the Ukraine border,” Ryder advised reporters on the Defense Department Tuesday. “I can tell you that we don’t have any information at this time to corroborate those reports and are looking into it further.”

National Security Council spokesperson Adrienne Watson was additionally unable to verify the stories however mentioned in a statement that the U.S. is “working with the Polish government to gather more information,” and “will determine what happened and what the appropriate next steps would be.” NATO can be coordinating with Poland, in keeping with a spokesperson.

Ukraine Ambassador to the United Nations Sergiy Kyslytsya advised CBS News that he expects the incident to be mentioned at a beforehand scheduled U.N. Security Council meeting on Ukraine Wednesday. 

Russia pounded Ukraine’s power amenities Tuesday with its largest barrage of missiles but, putting targets throughout the nation and inflicting widespread blackouts.  

A defiant Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelenskyy shook his fist and declared, “We will survive everything.”

The Russian Defense Ministry denied accountability for the strikes. “No strikes were made against targets near the Ukrainian-Polish state border by Russian means of destruction,” it mentioned in an announcement. 

Zelenskyy mentioned Russia had fired not less than 85 missiles, “most of them at our energy infrastructure,” and shut down energy in lots of cities.

The aerial assault, which resulted in not less than one demise in a residential constructing within the capital, Kyiv, adopted days of euphoria in Ukraine sparked by certainly one of its largest army successes — the retaking final week of the southern metropolis of Kherson.

The energy grid was already battered by earlier assaults that destroyed an estimated 40% of the nation’s power infrastructure.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has not commented on the retreat from Kherson since his troops pulled out within the face of a Ukrainian offensive. But the beautiful scale of Tuesday’s strikes spoke volumes and hinted at anger within the Kremlin.

By putting targets within the late afternoon, not lengthy earlier than nightfall started to fall, the Russian army pressured rescue staff to labor in the dead of night and gave restore crews scant time to evaluate the injury by daylight.

More than a dozen areas — amongst them Lviv within the west, Kharkiv within the northeast and others in between — reported strikes or efforts by their air defenses to shoot missiles down. At least a dozen areas reported energy outages, affecting cities that collectively have tens of millions of individuals. Almost half of the Kyiv area lost energy, authorities mentioned. Ukrainian Railways introduced nationwide practice delays.

Zelenskyy warned that extra strikes have been attainable and urged individuals to remain protected and search shelter.

This is a creating story.

Eleanor Watson, Ed O’Keefe, Camilla Schick and Pam Falk contributed to this report.

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