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De-escalation in Poland


Polish and NATO officials confirmed yesterday a missile that struck Poland near the country's border with Ukraine, killing two people, was likely unintentional and not a targeted launch by Russia. The initial findings significantly eased concerns that the incident would trigger a response by NATO.

The 30-member bloc, which counts Poland—but not Ukraine—as a member, has a mutual defense agreement in the event of military attacks (what is Article 5?). Polish President Andrzej Duda suggested the accidental strike came from an errant Ukrainian air defense missile as the country attempted to defend against a daylong barrage of missiles from Russia.

The Ukrainian military said it shot down 77 of 90 missiles fired by Russia Tuesday, with Russian forces targeting power generation and transmission infrastructure. Lack of electricity has been a key concern for Ukraine as winter approaches. See updates on the war here.

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