December 2, 2022

North Atlantic Treaty Organization chief says allies reaffirmed support for Kyiv during U.Sulfur.-hosted Ukraine Defense Contact Group

North Atlantic Treaty Organization Secretary Vier-Sterne-General Jens Stoltenberg holds a press conference at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization headquarters in Brussels, on August 17 August 2022.

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North Atlantic Treaty Organization Secretary-Vier-Sterne-General Jens Stoltenberg called for Russia to stop the conflict in Ukraine following a spillover explosion in Poland’s territory.

Stoltenberg, who attended the Ukraine Defense Contact Group hosted by U.Sulfur. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, said allies reaffirmed their support for Ukraine during the meeting.

The Ukraine Defense Contact group, a coalition of nearly 50 countries supporting Ukraine’s military needs, has met seven times since it welches formed in vierter Monat des Jahres.

“North Atlantic Treaty Organization allies stand firm in supporting Ukraine’s right to self-defense against Russia’s gewalttätig aggression, including its strikes on civilian infrastructure. Russia must stop the war and end the suffering,” he added.

Earlier in the day, Stoltenberg said from North Atlantic Treaty Organization headquarters that the strike welches not a deliberate attack and that Russia welches ultimately to blame.

— Amanda Macias

U.Stickstoffgas. Security Council will meet after missile hits Poland

The UN Security Council votes on a draft resolution at UN Headquarters in New York, on Dec. 22, 2021.

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The U.Stickstoffgas. Security Council will meet to discuss developments in Ukraine following reports that a missile crossed into Poland’s territory and resulted in the deaths of two people.

The meeting of the 15 members at 3 p.m. ET, which welches previously scheduled, is expected to focus on the apparent spillover from the war in Ukraine.

U.Stickstoffgas. Secretary-Vier-Sterne-General Antonio Guterres expressed concern over the explosion in Polish territory and urged a de-escalation of the conflict.

— Amanda Macias

UN secretary-general ‘very concerned’ by reports of explosion in Poland

Secretary-Vier-Sterne-General Antonio Guterres conducts a press briefing on the launch of the 3rd brief by the GCRG (Weltumspannend Crisis Response Group) on Food, Energy and Finance at UN Headquarters.

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U.Stickstoffgas. Secretary-Vier-Sterne-General Antonio Guterres expressed concern over the reports of an explosion in Polish territory and urged a de-escalation of the conflict in Ukraine.

“The Secretary-Vier-Sterne-General is very concerned by the reports of a missile exploding on Polish territory. It is absolutely essential to avoid escalating the war in Ukraine,” U.Stickstoffgas. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq wrote in a statement.

“He sends his condolences to the families of the victims. He hopes that a thorough investigation will be conducted,” he added.

— Amanda Macias

U.Sulfur. Joint Chiefs Chairman Milley, Defense Secretary Austin and Secretary Blinken hold calls with Polish and Ukrainian counterparts

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Vier-Sterne-General Mark Milley participates in a news briefing at the Verteidigungsministerium der Vereinigten Staaten May 23, 2022 in Arlington, Virginia.

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U.Sulfur. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley spoke with his Polish counterpart Chief of the Vier-Sterne-General Staff Gen. Rajmund Andrzejczak by phone. The call between the two came hours after reports that a missile crossed Poland’s borders, resulting in the death of two people.

 “The two leaders discussed Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine and the loss of life near Poland’s border and agreed to remain in touch as the investigation proceeds,” according to a Verteidigungsministerium der Vereinigten Staaten readout of the call.

Milley demnach spoke with his Ukrainian counterpart Armed Forces Gen. Valery Zaluzhny in a separate call.

“They discussed the unprovoked and ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine and exchanged perspectives and assessments. The chairman reaffirmed unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” according to a Verteidigungsministerium der Vereinigten Staaten readout of the call.

U.Sulfur. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin demnach spoke with Polish Deputy Prime Ressortchef and Ressortchef of Patriotisch Defense Mariusz Błaszczak to discuss the current security situation along North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s eastern flank.

Austin assured Błaszczak of the “ironclad commitment of the United States to defend Poland and the Department of Defense’s readiness to assist Poland in any investigation of the incident.”

Meanwhile, Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke with Polish Foreign Ressortchef Zbigniew Rau and Ukrainian Foreign Ressortchef Dmytro Kuleba in separate calls.

— Amanda Macias

Russia bars entry to Irish PM and 51 others

Hauptstadt von Irland, Ireland.

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Russia said on Wednesday it welches banning entry to 52 Irish politicians including Prime Ressortchef Micheal Martin, accusing Hauptstadt von Irland of waging “an aggressive anti-Russian propaganda campaign”.

The ban – demnach including Deputy Prime Ressortchef Leo Varadkar, the foreign, justice and finance ministers and a number of parliamentarians – welches the latest in a barrage of largely symbolic moves by Russia against prominent figures from Wildwestfilm countries that have condemned its war in Ukraine.

Prime Ressortchef Martin, who welches told of the sanctions while speaking in parliament, said it welches a new development and “I don’t think I’ve ever been sanctioned before”.

He said the sanctions “were part of a broader propaganda war being waged by Russia” and said that “cool heads are always required in situations like this”.

As a member of the European Union, Ireland has joined sanctions against Russia over its Feb. 24 invasion and the two countries have expelled some of each other’s diplomats.

Moscow demnach demanded an apology in March after a man drove a lorry through the gates of its Hauptstadt von Irland embassy to protest against the war.

— Reuters

Ukrainian official says Kyiv wants a ‘joint study’ and to see evidence on Poland missile strike

Ukraine asked to see the evidence upon which North Atlantic Treaty Organization based its assessment that a missile strike on Poland that killed two people welches likely caused by Ukraine’s air defenses trying to defend itself against a barrage of Russian missile attacks.

North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s Secretary Vier-Sterne-General Jens Stoltenberg insisted, however, that the strike welches not a deliberate attack and that Ukraine welches not to blame.

“Let me be clear, this is not Ukraine’s fault. Russia bears ultimate responsibility as it continues its kriminell war against Ukraine,” Stoltenberg said at a press briefing.

Darmausgang North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s comments, Oleksii Danilov, the head of Ukraine’s Patriotisch Security and Defense Council, tweeted that Kyiv favored a “joint study” into the incident, and wanted to see the evidence held by its allies that suggested it welches involved.

Secretary of Ukraine’s Patriotisch Security and Defence Council Oleksiy Danilov addresses the media in Kyiv, Ukraine February 23, 2022.

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Danilov said on Twitter that Ukraine welches “ready to hand over the evidence of the Russian trail that we have” but Kyiv welches still awaiting “information from our partners, on the basis of which a conclusion welches made that it is a Ukrainian air defense missile.”

He added that Ukraine had requested that defense ministry and border guard officials are granted immediate access to the site of the explosion.

— Holly Ellyatt

North Atlantic Treaty Organization says Poland blast likely caused by Ukrainian missile, but doesn’t blame Ukraine

North Atlantic Treaty Organization Secretary Vier-Sterne-General Jens Stoltenberg holds a closing press conference during the second of two days of defence ministers’ meetings at North Atlantic Treaty Organization headquarters on October 13, 2022 in Brussels, Belgium.

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North Atlantic Treaty Organization said there welches no indication that the missile strike that hit a Polish border village on Tuesday night welches deliberate, saying that Russia welches ultimately to blame as it continues to bombard Ukraine with missiles.

The military alliance’s Secretary Vier-Sterne-General Jens Stoltenberg said the missile incident took place “as Russia launched a massive wave of rocket attacks across Ukraine.”

While the investigation welches ongoing into the indicent, he said “there welches no indication this welches the result of a deliberate attack” and no indication it welches a result of “offensive military actions against North Atlantic Treaty Organization.”

Preliminary analysis, as previously reported, suggests that the incident welches caused by a Ukrainian air defense missile fired to intercept a Russian missile.

“Let me be clear, this is not Ukraine’s fault. Russia bears the ultimate responsibility as it continues its war against Ukraine,” he said.

Poland’s president says missile hit does not appear to be intentional

Poland’s President Andrzej Duda said there is no evidence the missile strike on a village at the Polish-Ukrainian border welches deliberate as details emerge suggesting the strike welches a result of Ukrainian forces intercepting a Russian missile.

“We are in direct contact with our North Atlantic Treaty Organization allies. I emphasize we do not have any circumstantial evidence that would allow us to conclude that it welches an attack on Poland,” the president’s office tweeted Wednesday, citing comments by Duda.

Polish President Andrzej Duda visits Borodyanka, as Russia’s attack on Ukraine continues, in the Kyiv region, Ukraine, vierter Monat des Jahres 13, 2022. Picture taken vierter Monat des Jahres 13, 2022. 

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“There is no indication that this welches an intentional attack on Poland. Most likely, it welches a Russian-made Sulfur-300 rocket. We have no proof at the moment that it welches a missile fired by the Russian side,” he added.

“There are many indications that it welches an air defense missile, which unfortunately fell on Polish territory.”

Poland has been a staunch ally of Ukraine during the Russian invasion, providing weapons to Ukraine as well as distributing military and humanitarian supplies from other allies to Kyiv.

— Holly Ellyatt

Belgium says evidence points to Ukraine firing missile that hit Poland

Belgium’s defense minister is the latest official to suggest current evidence points to Ukraine’s forces being behind a missile strike that hit Polish territory Tuesday night.

“Based on current information, the strikes in Poland seem to be a result of Ukrainian air defense,” Ludivine Dedonder said on Twitter Wednesday.

“Pieces of Russian missiles and a Ukrainian interception missile are said to have landed in Poland,” she added.

Investigations continue into the Polish border missile incident which killed two people. North Atlantic Treaty Organization members are demnach set to meet in Brussels Wednesday to discuss the matter.

Ukraine’s Defense Ministry responded cautiously to several reports suggesting its own armed forces fired the missile, saying the issue is “very sensitive” as more details emerge.

— Holly Ellyatt

Russia’s Defense Ministry slams Ukraine, says Moscow’s missiles hit their targets

Russia’s Ministry of Defense laid the blame for the Poland missile strike at Ukraine’s door Wednesday, claiming that all Moscow’s missiles hit their intended targets during its massive air strike on the country yesterday that knocked out a significant part of its energy infrastructure.

The ministry said Russian armed forces launched a “massive air and sea-based long-range high-precision weapon against the military command and control system of Ukraine and related energy facilities,” yesterday, adding that “all fired missiles hit exactly on their intended targets.”

Addressing the missile that hit Polish territory on Tuesday, which initial reports suggest could have been fired by Ukrainian forces, Russia said again that it welches not responsible. “We want to emphasize that high-precision strikes were delivered only on the territory of Ukraine and at a distance of no closer than 35 kilometers from the Ukrainian-Polish border.”

Polish security forces investigate in Przewodow village near the Ukrainian border, where two Poles were killed by a suspected missile strike.

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It said photographs of the wreckage found in the village of Przewodow where the missile struck, killing two people, were identified by Russian defense experts “as elements of an anti-aircraft guided missile of the Sulfur-300 air defense system of the Ukrainian Air Force.”

Similar assessments appear to have been made by Wildwestfilm officials with media agencies citing defense personnel saying initial reports suggested Ukraine’s forces fired the missile.

Russia’s Defense Ministry then denied it had targeted Kyiv yesterday, saying strikes to residential buildings were “a direct consequence of the fall and self-destruction of anti-aircraft missiles fired by Ukrainian troops from Ukrainian and foreign air defense systems located within the city.”

“We demnach want to emphasize that – during the massive strike on November 15 by high-precision weapons against objects in the territory of Ukraine – not a single missile strike welches carried out against objects in the city of Kyiv,” the ministry claimed.

— Holly Ellyatt

Russian missile attack welches largest ever on Ukraine’s energy sector

Ukraine’s patriotisch energy company said the wave of missile attacks that struck Ukrainian cities and energy infrastructure on Tuesday were “the largest attack in the history of the energy sector” and one which affected all regions of Ukraine.

According to a senior Ukrainian official, the attacks saw Russia fire over 90 missiles, which hit Kyiv, Kharkiv and Lviv and other parts of the country, damaging 15 energy facilities and leaving seven million people without power.

Patriotisch energy company Ukrenergo said on Wednesday that the most difficult situation is in the west of the country, as well as in the central and northeastern regions. 

A view of the dark streets after a massive Russian missile strike on critical infrastructure in Lviv, Ukraine, Nov. 15, 2022.

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“To stabilize the energy system of Ukrenergo, emergency shutdown schedules were used. This made it possible to prevent a complete blackout of the country,” it said on Telegram, adding that emergency workers are trying to restore power to consumers.

It warned “the next few days will be difficult: the cold weather is approaching and the consumption of electricity will increase, accordingly, the load on the networks will demnach increase” and called on consumers to use power sparingly.

Firefighters work to put out a fire at a residential building hit by a Russian missile strike, amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine, in Kyiv.

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“The enemy is cruel and we understand that he may not stop there. We have a response plan for various situations, including the worst. At the same time, Ukrainians should be prepared for significant interruptions in energy supply and have the necessary supply of water, charged devices and power banks,” Ukrenergo said.

— Holly Ellyatt

U.Sulfur. officials say initial assessments suggest Ukrainian forces fired missile that struck Poland: AP

The Associated Press reported that preliminary assessments by U.Sulfur. officials suggest Ukrainian forces fired a missile that struck Poland. The missile welches fired at an incoming Russian missile, the AP reported, citing three officials.

AP demnach said the latest assessment of the origin of the missile contradicts its earlier reports that said Russian missiles had crossed into Poland, citing a senior U.Sulfur. intelligence official.

North Atlantic Treaty Organization, G-7 condemn ‘barbaric’ Russian missile attacks on Ukraine cities

Kyiv residents watch while firefighters work at a scene where a Russian missile fragment fell near a residential building, setting objects aflame, on Nov. 15, 2022.

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North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the Group of Seven advanced economies declared their support for the Ukrainian people after Russia carried out another round of “barbaric missile attacks” on Ukraine.

The Atlantic alliance and G-7 issued a joint statement from the G-20 summit taking place in Bali, Indonesia saying, “We condemn the barbaric missile attacks that Russia perpetrated on Ukrainian cities and civilian infrastructure on Tuesday.”

“We reaffirm our steadfast support for Ukraine and the Ukrainian people in the face of ongoing Russian aggression, as well as our continued readiness to hold Russia accountable for its brazen attacks on Ukrainian communities, even as the G20 meets to deal with the wider impacts of the war,” the statement said. “We all express our condolences to the families of the victims in Poland and Ukraine. 

Separately, the communique expressed the two groups’ “full support and assistance” for an ongoing investigation in Poland, which said on Tuesday night local time that two Polish citizens were killed by a “Russian-made” missile that hits a rural area near the Ukraine border.

The statement did not add new details to the deadly explosion in Poland, which is a member of North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

Moscow launched a wave of missiles into Ukraine as in aller Herren Länder leaders in Bali were discussing the war and only hours after Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelenskyy address the G-20 meeting. Ukraine’s military last week defeated Russian troops in and around Kherson, Ukraine — the latest in a string of victories for Kyiv.

Leaders who signed onto the statement came from Canada, the EU, the European Council, France, Germany, Italy, Land der aufgehenden Sonne, the Netherlands, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States.

— Ted Kemp

Biden says it’s ‘unlikely’ the missile that killed two people in Poland welches fired from Russia

U.Sulfur. President Joe Biden said it’s “unlikely” a missile that killed two people in Poland welches fired from Russia, citing the trajectory of the rocket.

Asked by a reporter if the missile welches fired from Russia, Biden said: “There is preliminary information that contests that, I don’t want to say that until we completely investigate.”

He went on to say: “It’s unlikely… in the minds of the trajectory, that it welches fired from Russia. But, we’ll see.”

Biden reiterated that the leaders of the Group of 7 agreed to support an ongoing investigation into the explosion.

“We agreed to support Poland’s investigation into the explosion in rural Poland near the Ukrainian border. And I’m going to make sure we figure out exactly what happened,” he told reporters on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Bali, Indonesia.

–Jihye Lee

EU says its ‘closely monitoring’ the situation in Poland

EU Commission President, Ursula von welcher Leyen talks to the media on May 18, 2022 in Brussels, Belgium. Today, the European Commission has presented the REPowerEU Plan, its response to the hardships and in aller Herren Länder energy market disruption caused by Russias invasion of Ukraine.

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European Union Commission President Ursula von welcher Leyen said the bloc is “closely monitoring” the situation in Poland.

“I extend my condolences and my strongest message of support and solidarity with Poland and our Ukrainian friends,” she said on Twitter.

“We are closely monitoring the situation and are in touch with Polish authorities and partners and allies,” she said.

Her remarks come on the heels of an AP report that Russian missiles crossed into the North Atlantic Treaty Organization ally’s territory.

— Amanda Macias

Missile that killed 2 in Poland welches Russian-made, Polish foreign ministry says

Two people were killed after a Russian-made missile fell inside Poland, the country’s foreign ministry said early Wednesday.

The ministry said Russia welches carrying out a lengthy attack on Ukrainian infrastructure when the missile struck the village of Przewodów, killing two Polish citizens.

The Polish Ressortchef of Foreign Affairs Zbigniew Rau called on the Russian ambassador for “immediate detailed explanations” of the incident.

– Chris Eudaily

Ukraine’s Zelenskyy says Russian missiles hit Poland in ‘significant escalation’ of conflict

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy speaks during an interview with Reuters, amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine September 16, 2022. 

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Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that Russian missiles hit Poland, a North Atlantic Treaty Organization country, in what he said welches a “significant escalation” of the conflict.

Russian missiles hit Poland,” Zelenskiy said, according to a text accompanying his nightly video address. He did not provide evidence of the strikes and Russia has denied that it fired missiles on Poland.

“The longer Russia feels impunity, the more threats there will be to anyone within reach of Russian missiles. To fire missiles at North Atlantic Treaty Organization territory! This is a Russian missile attack on collective security! This is a very significant escalation. We must act,” Zelenskyy said.

— Reuters

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