(CTN NEWS) – The President of the United States, Joe Biden, stated that it was ‘unlikely’ The Poland Missile Came From Russia.
But he added that this information was only “preliminary” and that Poland’s allies would support a thorough inquiry.
The explosion occurred as Russia launched a barrage of missile attacks Tuesday on Ukrainian cities, destroying residential structures and cutting out electricity in urban areas.
Just a few kilometres from Poland’s border with western Ukraine, an explosion at a grain processing plant in the neighbouring country claimed the lives of two individuals.
According to a late-night press release from Poland’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Russian ambassador had been summoned to demand an “urgent and full explanation” after a “Russia-made missile had dropped on the village of Przewodów”.
Article 4 of the NATO treaty, which permits members to “consult together” should the “territorial integrity, political independence, or security” of any of them be threatened, was discussed at an earlier emergency meeting the Polish government held to address a “crisis situation,” according to a government spokesman.
While this was happening, Russia claimed that any claims that its weapons had hit Poland were “intentional provocations.”
BidenAn Emergency Meeting in Bali
The strikes occurred as world leaders gathered in Bali for the G-20 summit.
For an urgent discussion regarding the explosion in Poland, President Biden summoned a small number of people, including the leaders of the G-7 countries, the European Union, and the European Commission.
After that, Biden was questioned about whether the missile originated in Russia.
“Preliminary information contradicts that,” Biden said. ” I would like to thoroughly investigate before making that statement. However, I believe it’s unlikely that it is Russian,” Biden said, pointing to the “trajectory.”
But, he added, “We’ll see.”
Before that, Biden called both NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and Polish President Andrzej Duda. According to the White House, he reiterated America’s “ironclad commitment to NATO” during his conversation with Duda.
Biden said he informed leaders about the calls, and they agreed to support Poland’s investigation. I’m going to figure out exactly what happened,” he said.
Moreover, he said the United States would do whatever it took to support Ukraine, calling the attacks on the country “totally unconscionable.”
— ANews (@anews) November 15, 2022
Ukraine Says Russia Launched Around 100 Missiles
The air force in Ukraine reported that during the course of several hours on Tuesday afternoon and evening, Russia fired about 100 missiles at Ukraine.
On Twitter, Andriy Yermak, a top adviser to President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, asked, “Does the Kremlin really want peace? The Kremlin wants obedience. In the end, terrorists always lose.”
Russia responds to @ZelenskyyUa's powerful speech at #G20 with a new missile attack. Does anyone seriously think that the Kremlin really wants peace? It wants obedience. But at the end of the day, terrorists always lose.
— Andriy Yermak (@AndriyYermak) November 15, 2022
The attacks happened the day after the UN General Assembly passed a resolution calling on Russia to be held responsible for the conflict it is waging in Ukraine and to make restitution.
And just last Friday, when it was forced to leave the strategically significant southern city of Kherson, Russia suffered a serious military blow.
About 70 of the 100 inbound missiles, according to Ukraine, were shot down, but several still found their way to their intended destinations, including the southern city of Odesa, the northeastern city of Kharkiv, the western city of Lviv, and the capital city of Kyiv.
According to Mayor Vitali Klitschko, two residential structures in Kyiv were hit, and one person was murdered.
An apartment building in Kiev was shown on video, completely consumed by flames and thick smoke.
Kyiv Loses Power in One-half Of the City
According to the mayor, approximately half of the capital is without power.
Officials in the city of Kharkiv in the northeast reported no power.
“The United States strongly condemns the latest missile attacks by Russia against Ukraine, “said Jake Sullivan, Biden’s national security adviser, who was present at the G-20 summit in Bali.
Sullivan states, “Our allies and partners will continue to provide Ukraine with the air defence systems it needs to protect itself.”
Zelenskyy addressed the G-20 earlier on Tuesday via video, declaring that his nation is committed to regaining all of the territories that Russia had seized.
“We will have to fight for longer to liberate our entire land,” Zelenskyy said.
There are some calls for peace negotiations to end the war in Ukraine on a global scale. Zelenskyy pointed out that following Russia’s initial invasion in 2014, the two nations reached temporary agreements.
He added that Russia has regrouped militarily during this relative peace and that Ukraine would not fall for this trick again.
We won’t stand by while Russia builds up its forces “Zelenskyy said.
In his remarks, the president frequently referred to the G20 as the “G19” and suggested that Russia be left out.
Russia Uses Air Power
Russia relies increasingly on airstrikes as its ground forces have struggled to advance in recent months and have frequently been severely pushed back.
According to Ukrainian officials, a heavy bombing campaign by Russia against Ukraine’s energy infrastructure in October caused about 40% of the nation’s electricity system to be damaged.
Ukrainian workers in a hurry are repairing the damaged power grid. Even before the most recent attack, many areas of the nation, including the capital, experienced lengthy daily power outages.
The Russian airstrikes occur as the mercury drops quickly and a long, chilly winter is approaching.
Ukraine’s modest air defences have proven to be more effective than anticipated in defending important military and government facilities.
However, Ukraine has not been able to fully protect all of the civilian and energy facilities that the recent Russian campaign has targeted.
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