A Russian-made missile crashed into the border village of Przewodo in eastern Poland near Ukraine on the 15th, leaving the scene devastated.

(Reuters)

[Compiled by Chen Chengliang/Comprehensive Report] On the 15th, Russia launched the most violent missile attack on Ukraine since the war started in February. Nearly 100 missiles were used to bombard major cities and energy infrastructure throughout the country. During this period, it was reported that a missile fell into Poland. The explosion in the territory killed two civilians, raising doubts that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) may negotiate to activate Article 5 of the NATO Charter, "Collective Defense", and the situation was once tense.

Russian-made missiles hit Poland, killing 2

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At the same time, the G20 summit concluded on the 16th after a two-day meeting in Bali, Indonesia. The joint communiqué issued after the meeting stated that the "overwhelming majority" of member states strongly condemned Russia's invasion of Ukraine, demanded an unconditional withdrawal of troops, and emphasized the use of Or the threat to use nuclear weapons is not allowed.

NATO's collective defense clause does not have to be activated to strengthen air defenses on eastern flank

Shortly after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky delivered a video message to the G20 (Group of Twenty) leaders summit on the 15th, a Russian-made missile landed in the Polish village of Przewodow, about six kilometers north of the Ukrainian border. For the first time since the outbreak of the Russian war, NATO territory was affected.

Poland is a member of NATO, and Article 5 of the NATO Charter stipulates that an attack against any member country is considered an attack on all member countries.

U.S. President Joe Biden held an emergency roundtable meeting with heads of state and EU leaders at the G20 summit in Indonesia on the 16th. After the meeting, he told reporters that he would support Poland's investigation into the incident.

Asked if the missile had been launched from Russia, Biden said that initial intelligence cast doubt on that, but that it was unlikely from the ballistic perspective.

Ambassadors from NATO countries then held emergency talks in Brussels, with at least two allies demanding steps to strengthen NATO's air defense capabilities on the eastern flank.

NATO Secretary-General Stoltenberg pointed out after the meeting that although the missiles that hit the Polish village may have originated from the Ukrainian air defense system, it was not Ukraine's fault. "Russia bears the ultimate responsibility for continuing their illegal war against Ukraine." .

Polish President Duda said that according to investigations by NATO and Polish authorities, the missile that fell into a border village on the border between Poland and Ukraine, "according to information from our country and our allies, it is an old Soviet-made S-300 missile." It was a missile fired by Ukraine for air defense; there was nothing to suggest that it was a deliberate attack on Poland, possibly an unfortunate accident.

The Kremlin responded that Russia had nothing to do with the Polish missile incident.

The Russian Ministry of Defense clarified in a statement that the missile that hit the Polish village was not fired by the Russian army, which only targeted Ukraine.

Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said that this is an information war launched by Western countries.

Russia bombed Ukraine on the 15th to launch the largest missile attack

On the 15th, the Russian army launched more than 90 missiles to bombard major cities in Ukraine, especially targeting the power infrastructure, causing power outages to at least seven million households in the cold winter, and also affecting neighboring Moldova, causing massive damage to the country. Mass blackout.

Moldovan President Sandu has strongly condemned the attack.

As the Ukrainian-Russian conflict heats up again, the military assistance from friendly countries to Ukraine is also increasing.

On the 16th, Sweden will provide Ukraine with 300 million kronor (approximately NT$9 billion), the largest military aid to Ukraine so far, including an air defense system.

NATO Response Mechanism (Source: Compiled by Comprehensive Foreign News: International News Center)

U.S. President Joe Biden (middle) held an emergency meeting with the heads of state of the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, Japan, and the European Union in Bali, Indonesia on the 16th to discuss countermeasures against the Russian-made missile attack on Poland, a NATO ally.

(AFP)