Russian missiles cross into NATO member Poland, kill 2: senior US intelligence official

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Russian missiles cross into NATO member Poland, kill 2: senior US intelligence official

Two killed in Poland after Russian missile strike crossing into NATO territory

By Liz Friden , Caitlin McFall | Fox News

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Ukraine under mass Russian missile attack

Russian missiles flew over NATO territory and killed two people in Poland Tuesday, a senior U.S. intelligence official told The Associated Press. 

The Polish government has not immediately confirmed the report, but one spokesman Piotr Mueller told the publication that top leaders were holding an emergency meeting over the “crisis situation.”

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A woman holds a sign with a grahpic of a missile rocket during a rally in front of the Russian Embassy in Warsaw, Poland on 10 October, 2022. 

A woman holds a sign with a grahpic of a missile rocket during a rally in front of the Russian Embassy in Warsaw, Poland on 10 October, 2022.  (Photo by STR/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Two people were reportedly killed after a projectile struck and area where grain was drying in the village of Przewodów near the Ukrainian border.

Fox News could not immediately reach NATO or the Polish defense ministry for confirmation on the strikes.

The Pentagon told reporters that it was taking the reports “seriously and looking into them.

“Right now we are aware of the press reporting on this and we have no information at this time to corroborate those reports,” Pentagon Press Secretary Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder said. “I don’t want to speculate or get into hypotheticals when it comes to our security commitments.

“We’ve been crystal clear that we will defend every inch of NATO territory,” he said in reference to Article 5. 

President Biden has repeatedly said the U.S. will be steadfast in its support for Poland or any NATO member nation in the face of Russia’s aggression.

Ukrainian citizens and supporters attend a demonstration of solidarity with Ukraine at the Main Square, after latest Russian missiles targeted civilian infrastructure in several cities in Ukraine.  Krakow, Poland on October 10, 2022. 

Ukrainian citizens and supporters attend a demonstration of solidarity with Ukraine at the Main Square, after latest Russian missiles targeted civilian infrastructure in several cities in Ukraine.  Krakow, Poland on October 10, 2022.  (Photo by Beata Zawrzel/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

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After traveling to Poland earlier this year to meet with officials and Ukrainian refugees who fled the war-torn nation during the early days of the war, Biden issued a stark tone on Washington’s stance. 

“Don’t even think about moving on one single inch of NATO territory,” Biden said speaking from Warsaw in March. “We have a sacred obligation under Article 5 to defend each and every inch of NATO territory with the full force of our collective power.”

Biden renewed these commitments again in September when he addressed Russian President Vladimir Putin from the White House and said, “We’re fully prepared to defend…our NATO allies. To defend every single inch of NATO territory — every single inch.  

“So, Mr. Putin, don’t misunderstand what I’m saying: every inch,” he added. 

Poland has been extremely critical of Putin’s war in Ukraine, including by its lawmakers who called for Russian to be designated a “terrorist state” just last month.

Ukrainian citizens and supporters attend a demonstration of solidarity with Ukraine at the Main Square, after latest Russian missiles targeted civilian infrastructure in several cities in Ukraine.  Krakow, Poland on October 10, 2022. 

Ukrainian citizens and supporters attend a demonstration of solidarity with Ukraine at the Main Square, after latest Russian missiles targeted civilian infrastructure in several cities in Ukraine.  Krakow, Poland on October 10, 2022.  (Photo by Beata Zawrzel/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

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But Russia expert and former DIA intelligence officer for Russian Doctrine & Strategy, Rebekah Koffler, told Fox News she believes the strikes Tuesday were an accident waiting to happen.  

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“Moscow doesn’t want to start a war. If there’s one thing Putin fears it’s U.S.-NATO intervention,” she said, noting that she is 99 percent confident the strikes Tuesday were an accident. “It’s exactly the pathway — unintentional escalation —  that could lead to U.S.-NATO involvement in the Russia-Ukraine conflict, potentially leading it to World War III.

“Hopefully, the powers that be in Moscow, Washington, and Kyiv will realize they are playing with fire and get to the table to settle,” she added.  “Cooler heads must prevail. The sooner the better.” 

Check back on this developing story.

Liz Friden is a Pentagon producer based in Washington, D.C.

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  • HHispanicsForGOP41 minutes agoAnd it starts, it’s going to be a very bumpy ride going forward. Stay safe!Reply1432Share
    • roadhouse9914 minutes agoI think Putin knows Biden won’t do anything and that’s exactly what the US voters want according to the mid-terms. A stronger president could have prevented all this but you’re stuck with who America wants.Reply567Share
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      • JJayBay13 minutes agoPoland is missing the mean tweets now Reply414Share
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      • Tterryyaqui45 minutes agoIf this is true, was it “accidental?” If not, let’s see whether the European members of the NATO alliance honor their treaty commitments.Reply845Share
        • Nnevertrustadem34 minutes agoWho cares? NATO have the duty and frankly a legal chance to go on offense. Take it now or disband. Reply388Share
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          • Ssmartest_person_in_the_room24 minutes agoThe puppet goes to China… shows all kinds of weakness and the next you know Russian missiles are flying into Poland. How long can the USA survive without a real president? Reply403Share
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          • Dderuntermensch30 minutes agoThe truth is, regardless of whether this was an accident or not, Russia is watching for NATO’s reaction and will learn something from whatever that is… therefore it must be responded to as purposeful, so the correct lesson is learned.Reply372Share
            • Hhodor4 minutes agoIt’s a slippery slope. No matter what we do, it will be an escalation. A no fly zone probably just leads to more accidents. Reply2Share
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            • lionchow47 minutes agoThere you have it. This has been brewing for 2 years now. The world was at peace for the first time in my life with Trump, and this is what his absence has come to. Like him or not, he knew how to COMPROMISE, yet not DICTATE.Reply43733Share
              • TrinityPatriot43 minutes agoAn attack on a NATO country is an attack on all NATO countries. Note that it doesn’t have to be intentional, because Article 5 states only that any harm resulting in a NATO ally being a victim of an attack can trigger the Article. Congrats to senile Joe Biden for green lighting the “little incursion” that is leading us into a third world war.“Article 5 provides that if a NATO Ally is the victim of an armed attack, each and every other member of the Alliance will consider this act of violence as an armed attack against all members and will take the actions it deems necessary to assist the Ally attacked.”Reply1327Share
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                • Ttowny39 minutes agoYep they said trump would get us into a war. Biden has us involved in 6, 5 directly since he took office. Reply878Share
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                  • Trommie1 minute agoThe world was at peace? The world doesn’t only consist of Europe. ReplyShare
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                  • EEarth0141 minutes agoOur fearless leader has our adversaries running for the hills but at least the Department of Defense is focused on the important matters of gender identity and racism theory. This was bound to happen before the end of this administration’s 4 year term. Reply431Share
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                    • Shawnatl1150 minutes agoNot shocking whatsoever. the blatant timing of this shows they have no regard for our leadership Reply1875Share
                      • tcard201636 minutes agoSleepy Joe has never been a leader and for 50 years now, he has been wrong on every foreign policy decision. My parents told me he just doesn’t have the ability and wisdom of what to do. He never has. They also said that he is not trustworthy and only absorbed with making sure his family receives its share of war dollars. Reply273Share
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                        • algoldendomer28 minutes agoStrong NATO leadership would spell it out for Putin right now: You will sincerely apologize to Poland for this grievous error and financially compensate for the loss. You have 30 days to exit Ukraine. Otherwise Ukraine is to be immediately admitted as a NATO member and NATO will join the conflict and you will be forcibly evicted from Ukraine post haste.Reply121Share
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                        • MMaxRockatansky49 minutes agoGrain storage? On purpose, no accident. Reply923Share
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                          • HHarryBaals40441 minutes ago4 years of Trump and we didn’t see any major issues. In fact, without the China virus America was at its best. Meanwhile Democrats screamed, Trump will start a war and he’s not stable. Now look at how many disasters Biden has created in only 20 months.Reply16710Share
                            • TThatThing-YouKnow39 minutes agodon’t worry, Brandon is just getting started because he has at least two more years!Reply272Share
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                              • Rrj714 minutes agoAnd I am personally convinced that the release of the virus was planned. An important US election coming where the democrat candidate stayed home and barely held any rallies, as if they knew they had everything under control.. Reminded me of Hillary, she did the same thing so tell me, exactly what kind of insight or control on our elections do these people have that they finally got away with it? This is why the democrats went ballistic when Hillary lost, because whatever control of the elections they had, someone messed up and Trump won. Not being a conspiracy person but something makes no sense. Reply44Share
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                              • aFreeAmerican58342 minutes agoRussia and China watched as their assets in the US Congress and White House won many elections they shouldn’t have and they are now in a position to strike as the US is the weakest it has been since before WWII both politically and militarily. This is a distraction to give Xi the chance he needs to…See moreReply583Share
                                • Vvaako21 minutes agoFeminized soycieties are weak indeed. What is happening in post feminist western nations is a direct result of the realms being gelded for the past few decades. Reply62Share
                                  • CCg…35 minutes agoAstute and scary!Reply112Share
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                                  • SwagStopper2951 minutes agoIdeally Poland will note this was not intentional. At least hopefully it wasn’t. Reply713Share
                                    • Dderuntermensch41 minutes agoIt was an intentional “accident” to test NATO’s current temperature and resolve.Reply471Share
                                      • TTouchman38 minutes agoRussian missiles could strike Warsaw, and Putin would say it was an accident, and Biden would believe him and do nothing. Remember, Biden was the only person in the room who voted against going after Bin Laden. Biden is weak, and the world knows it. Reply405Share
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