[UPDATE: Polish Authorities now believe that the explosion may have been caused by a Ukrainian-launched, Soviet-era projectile used in defense of a Russian missile attack.]
From the very start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, there have been cogent and realistic fears that this conflict could blossom into something resembling World War III, and this week brought that reality one step closer to our doorstep.
That’s because Poland, a NATO nation, is now reporting that they’ve been struck by missiles emanating from that brutal battlefield.
Two people have been killed in Poland after two stray Russian rockets landed near the border with Ukraine.
The rockets landed in the NATO state following Russia’s mass bombardment of Ukrainian cities earlier today, which saw over 100 rockets launched.
According to the AP news agency, a senior US intelligence official said that the missiles were of Russian origin.
Poland’s Prime Minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, has convened the Committee of the Council of Ministers for National Security and Defense Affairs “as a matter of urgency”, government spokesman Piotr Müller confirmed, with local news sites claiming this is likely the result of the explosions.
And that wasn’t all:
Moldova, another neighbouring country of Ukraine, was also impacted by Russia’s massive missile attack today, after it caused a major electricity outage.
The country’s foreign minister, Nicu Popescu, called on Russia to “stop the destruction now”, highlighting that “every bomb falling on Ukraine is also affecting Moldova and our people”.
Article 5 of the NATO charter states that an attack against any NATO member nation will be viewed unequivocally as an attack against all NATO member nations, and this errant missile strike could open the door to the western world to get involved in an effort to crush Mother Russia once and for all.