Russian missiles hit Poland during strike on Ukraine

Update: Biden calls ’emergency’ meeting after missile hits Poland

By JOHN LISTER, Associated Press

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A Russian missile attack on Ukraine’s power grid sent the war into neighboring countries Tuesday, hitting NATO member Poland and cutting power to much of Moldova.

It was Russia’s largest ever barrage, and some of the missiles crossed into Poland, where two people were killed, according to a US official. It marked the first time in the war that a Russian weapon fell on a NATO country.

Polish government spokesman Piotr Mueller did not immediately confirm the report from a senior US intelligence official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the situation. But Mueller said senior leaders were holding an emergency meeting because of a “crisis situation.”

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Polish media reported that two people were killed on Tuesday afternoon after a shell hit an area where grain was being dried in Przewodów, a Polish village near the border with Ukraine.

Neighboring Moldova is also affected. It reported massive power outages after the strikes cut a key power line that powers the tiny nation, an official said.

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Zelensky said Russia had fired at least 85 missiles, most of them aimed at the country’s energy facilities, and blockaded many cities.

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Firefighters from the State Emergency Service of Ukraine work to extinguish a fire at the site of a Russian shelling in Kyiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022. Strikes hit residential buildings in the heart of Ukraine’s capital on Tuesday, authorities said. (AP Photo/Andrew Kravchenko)AP

“We are working, we will restore everything. We will survive everything,” the president vowed. Its energy minister said the attack was the “most massive” bombing of energy facilities in the nearly nine-month Russian invasion, hitting both power generation and transmission systems.

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A video released by a presidential aide showed a five-story, apparently residential building in Kyiv in flames, with flames licking up the apartments. Klitschko said air defense units also shot down some missiles.

Dutch Foreign Minister Wopke Hoekstra went to a bomb shelter in Kyiv after a meeting with his Ukrainian counterpart, and from his safe seat described the bombing as “huge motivation to continue to stand side by side” with Ukraine.

“There can only be one answer and that is: Carry on. Keep supporting Ukraine, keep supplying weapons, keep working on accountability, keep working on humanitarian aid,” he said.

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