According to an AP story, “a senior U.S. intelligence official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the situation” claims that two Russian missiles landed in the town of Przewodów in South Eastern Poland and just over 5 miles from the border with Ukraine, resulting in two deaths.  The official Pentagon response has been to say that missiles did indeed land in Poland while disclaiming that they are parts or fragments of a missile. The Pentagon has not confirmed if the missiles were indeed fired by Russia as part of the larger attack on Ukraine.

National Security Council spokesperson Adrienne Watson issued the following statement on her official Twitter account, “We’ve seen these reports out of Poland and are working with the Polish government to gather more information. We cannot confirm the reports or any of the details at this time. We will determine what happened and what the appropriate next steps would be.”

So far, the Polish Foreign Ministry has not confirmed how many missiles landed in their territory or their point of origin. The alert status of some Polish military units has been increased.

In the last 24 hours, Russia fired some 85 cruise missiles into Ukraine, targeting civilian infrastructure mostly targeting its power grid. Parts of Kyiv, Kharkiv, and Kviv are currently without power.  Moldova also experienced blackouts as one of the Russian missiles striking Ukraine included power lines supplying Moldovia with electricity.

According to the AP, Ukranian President Zelensky stated that 70 of the 85 missiles fired into his country were shot down while the remaining 15 hit energy infrastructure targets inside his country.

Zelensky also called for action over this latest attack, “Russian missile strikes on NATO territory are ‘a significant escalation, action is needed.”

Such an attack if verified would leave Russia with only a couple of options, claim that the attack was accidental and due to a malfunctioning missile or deny all responsibility for the attack and blame Ukraine.

For its part, the Russian Defence Ministry issued a statement denying any missiles struck Poland,  “No strikes on targets near the Ukraine-Poland state border were undertaken with Russian weaponry.”