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Russian missile briefly enters Polish airspace during massive missile attack on Ukraine

A Russian missile bound for Ukraine crossed Polish airspace early Sunday, sending NATO F-16 fighter jets into action and prompting the Polish government to demand answers.

The Operational Command of the Armed Forces of Poland said a cruise missile entered the airspace near the village of Oserdów, on the Ukrainian border, around 4:40 a.m. on Sunday. The Polish military said it was over the country’s airspace for about 39 seconds before entering Ukraine.

Polish Defense Minister Władysław Kosiniak-Kamysz later said the Russian missile would have been shot down if there had been any indication it was headed for a target in Poland, The Associated Press reported.

The missile attack is the third in four days against Ukraine, as Russia steps up attacks across the country.

“Since last night’s missile attack on Ukraine was one of the most intense since the beginning of Russian aggression, all strategic procedures were launched on time and the object was tracked until it left Polish airspace,” Kosiniak-Kamysz said.

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Poland’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement that it would “demand clarification from the Russian Federation in connection with a new violation of the country’s airspace.”

“Above all, we call on the Russian Federation to stop terrorist air attacks on the people and territory of Ukraine, end the war and address the country’s internal problems,” the ministry said.

Russian missiles have violated Polish airspace numerous times since the war broke out in early 2022. Two Poles were killed in 2022 when a Ukrainian air defense missile went off target and landed in the country, sparking criticism of Russia for allowing Ukraine to act on its own. -defense.

The war has stalled across much of the front, with Ukrainian leaders continuing to push for additional financial and military aid from Western allies, including Congress.

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