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  • For the first time in the Ukrainian conflict, a Russian missile is said by US Intelligence to have landed in territory under NATO protection in Poland.

  • But that report is being strongly contested tonight, especially by Moscow, which says no Russian missile has landed in Polish territory.

  • During the day, Russian forces launched waves of missile strikes across a wide area of Ukraine, with many targeting energy facilities, leaving millions of homes without power.

  • Ukrainian authorities say that more than 90 missiles have been fired, but more than 70 have been shot down by air defense systems.

  • Now, Ukraine's public broadcaster reported that the strikes have targeted Kyiv and the wider region,

  • as well as Kharkiv, Poltava, Mykolaiv, Dnipro, and several other towns and cities nationwide, a very extensive area.

  • Now, in that new development I mentioned tonight, US Intelligence claimed that Russian missiles had hit a farm in a Polish village near the Ukrainian border.

  • That's the village there and it's right near the border, as we can see.

  • Poland's Prime Minister has convened an urgent meeting of the National Security Committee.

  • So, we start tonight with this report by our international editor, Jeremy Bowen, who is in Odesa in southern Ukraine.

  • In the hours after the missiles hit, it wasn't clear whether the deadly events just inside the Polish border were a deliberate attack or something else.

  • Perhaps a targeting error or a missile malfunction.

  • Russia's Defense Ministry denied any involvement, calling it a "deliberate provocation aimed at escalation".

  • Poland's National Security Council went into emergency session; the Pols are coordinating with NATO.

  • Working out exactly what happened is vital.

  • The North Atlantic Treaty says an attack on one member is an attack on the whole alliance.

  • Because of the seriousness of the situation that we're dealing with, the President has just finished a conversation with the NATO Secretary General.

  • We are verifying the circumstances under which we might invoke Article Four.

  • It follows a day of missile attacks on Ukraine, one of the biggest since the war began.

  • There were strikes across the countrythis was Kyiv.

  • Most of Ukraine's major cities were hit.

  • Attacking the infrastructure of the city is a common tactic in war, trying to pressure a government by making the lives of civilians hard.

  • I am against the war, and people have to remember that you can't give life back.

  • Those children who will never see their parents again; the children who will never be born.

  • A generation is being lost.

  • Ukraine's President, Zelensky, called for action.

  • Firing missiles at NATO territory is a Russian attack on collective security.

  • This is a very significant escalation; we must act.

  • I want to say now to all our Polish brothers and sisters: Ukraine will always support you.

  • Free people will not be broken by terror.

  • This evening in Kyiv, emergency services were still at work.

  • What happened here and across the country and what seems to have been a deadly leakage of the war into Poland amounts to a challenge of the highest order for Western leaders.

  • The attacks on Ukraine come a day after President Zelensky went to Kherson to celebrate its recapture.

  • He declared the defeat here was the beginning of the end for Russia in Ukraine.

  • The triumphant visit to Kherson was followed by severe diplomatic condemnation of Russia at the G-20 meeting.

  • Russia's answer?

  • More likely by design than coincidence was the day of missile strikes.

  • Well, in a moment, we'll be getting some response from Moscow and our Russia editor Steve Rosenberg.

  • First, let's go to Jeremy, Jeremy Bowen in Odesa.

  • Jeremy, can we talk a little about what's happened today and some of the conflicting reports that we've been mentioning?

  • Yes, well, first of all, for Ukraine, it's been a really awful day because of the large number of missile strikes that they've experienced,

  • probably the worst day that they've had with that in that department since the war began.

  • But these incidents in Poland are potentially, you know, really serious; I'll tell you why that is.

  • Because, as I said in the piece there, the North Atlantic Treaty Article Five means that all members of NATO treat an attack on one of them as an attack on everybody.

  • Now, the Pols have not asked for that to be invoked.

  • They mentioned in the clip that we had in that, Article Four.

  • Article Four is for urgent consultation, and that, it seems, is what's going to happen.

  • News agencies are reporting in the last few minutes that there is going to be meetings about this in Brussels tomorrow.

  • I think, certainly, what's going to go on now is a very, you know, exact look at what happened because the airspace of Ukraine and Poland is very, very deeply surveilled at the moment.

  • So, I think technologically, they can track where any missiles came from, the flight path of those missiles.

  • And, of course, at the site in Poland, there will be missile fragments, and they will be picking those up and taking them away for examination.

  • And that should give good clues as to where that missile came from.

  • Because, (I've) got to emphasize this tonight, it's quite confused; people do not know where it came from.

  • All kinds of accusations are flying about.

  • The Polish President has spoken to President Biden of the US, and he's also apparently spoken to President Zelensky in Kyiv.

  • So, a lot of diplomatic talking, diplomatic maneuvering, consultations coming up, but also, I emphasize again, uncertainty as to what exactly happened.

  • Jeremy, thanks very much, all of which takes us to Moscow and Steve Rosenberg, our Russia editor.

  • Steve, what's being said there?

  • Well, here, it's denial.

  • I mean, denial is the knee-jerk reaction of the Russian authorities whenever they are accused of something by the West.

  • And a denial is what we heard this evening, in the form of a short statement, from the Russian Defense Ministry,

  • which claimed that reports of alleged Russian missiles falling in Poland was not true.

  • It was a "deliberate provocation aimed at escalation", the Russians said

  • The statement also claimed that there were no strikes using Russian weapons on targets near the Ukrainian-Polish border.

  • Although, we have heard from Jeremy, of course, about this massive bombardment across Ukraine today.

  • At times like this, at times of crisis, what you need, I think, are channels of communication between the opposing sides.

  • Now, we know that relations between Russia and the West, Russia and NATO, Russia and America are badthat's putting it mildly.

  • But those channels of communication do exist.

  • Only yesterday, Russia's spy chief met the CIA director for talks in Ankara about how to avoid nuclear escalation in the Ukraine War.

  • So, you might expectyou would hopethat conversations will be had between Russia and the West to find out what happened tonight and to avoid further escalation.

  • Steve, many thanks again; Steve Rosenberg, our Russia editor in Moscow, and before that, Jeremy Bowen in Odesa.

For the first time in the Ukrainian conflict, a Russian missile is said by US Intelligence to have landed in territory under NATO protection in Poland.

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