A senior US intelligence official says Russian missiles entered NATO member Poland, killing two people.
Polish government spokesman Piotr Mueller did not immediately confirm the information, but said top leaders held an emergency meeting due to a “crisis situation”.
Polish media reported that two people were killed on Tuesday afternoon after a projectile hit an area where grain was drying in Przewodów, a Polish village near the border with Ukraine.
Pentagon Press Secretary Brig. General Patrick Ryder said he had no information at this time.
“We are aware of the press reports claiming that two Russian missiles struck a location in Poland near the border with Ukraine,” Ryder told Defense Ministry reporters on Tuesday. “I can tell you that at this time we have no information to confirm those reports and we are investigating further.”
National Security Council spokesman Adrienne Watson also could not confirm the reports, but said in a pronunciation that the US is “working with the Polish government to gather more information” and “will determine what happened and what the appropriate next steps would be”. NATO also coordinates with Poland, a spokesman said.
Ukrainian Ambassador to the United Nations Sergiy Kyslytsya told CBS News he expects the incident to be discussed at a previously scheduled meeting of the UN Security Council in Ukraine on Wednesday.
Russia bombed Ukraine’s energy facilities on Tuesday with its largest barrage of missiles yet, hitting targets across the country and causing widespread blackouts.
A defiant Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelenskyy shook his fist and declared: “We will survive anything.”
The Russian Defense Ministry denied responsibility for the attacks. “No attacks have been carried out against targets near the Ukrainian-Polish state border with Russian means of destruction,” it said in a statement.
Zelenskyy said Russia had fired at least 85 missiles, “most of them at our energy infrastructure,” and cut power in many cities.
The airstrike, which resulted in at least one death in a residential building in the capital Kyiv, followed days of euphoria in Ukraine fueled by one of its greatest military successes: last week’s recapture of the southern city of Kherson.
The power grid has already been battered by previous attacks that destroyed an estimated 40% of the country’s energy infrastructure.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has not commented on the withdrawal from Kherson since his troops withdrew in the face of a Ukrainian offensive. But the staggering magnitude of Tuesday’s strikes spoke volumes and indicated anger in the Kremlin.
By attacking targets in the late afternoon, not long before dusk, the Russian military forced rescuers to work in the dark and gave the repair crews little time to assess the damage in daylight.
More than a dozen regions — including Lviv in the west, Kharkiv in the northeast and others in between — reported attacks or attempts by their air defenses to shoot down missiles. At least a dozen regions reported blackouts, affecting cities with a combined population of millions. According to the authorities, almost half of the Kiev region lost power. Ukrainian Railways has announced nationwide train delays.
Zelenskyy warned that more strikes were possible and urged people to stay safe and seek shelter.
This is an evolving story.
Eleanor Watson, Ed O’Keefe, Camilla Schick and Pam Falk contributed to this report.