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Biden holds consultation with US officials in Bali. Photo: Whitehouse

World on edge as missile lands in Poland; 2 killed

BALI, November 16, 2022

Tension rose in global capitals and at Indonesia's Bali where the G20 meeting is underway as Poland  reported that a “Russian-made missile” had landed in a village near its border with Ukraine, killing two people.
 
It remains unclear who fired that missile. Both Russian and Ukrainian forces have used Russian-made munitions during the conflict, with Ukraine deploying Russian-made missiles as part of their air defense system, a CNN report said.
 
Moscow strongly denied any responsibility for the blast.
 
Poland is a NATO member and  the incident has reinforced longstanding concerns related to the risk of battlefield miscalculation triggering NATO-Russian conflict. 
 
US President Joe Biden and leaders from the G7 and NATO convened an emergency meeting in Bali, where they are to attend the G20 meeting, to discuss the explosion. The incident now raises the stakes in an effort by the US and its allies to end the G20 summit with a joint communique denouncing Russia’s war.
 
US President Joe Biden said it was "unlikely" that the missile was fired from Russia. AP news agency quoted unnamed US officials as saying the missile could have been fired by Ukraine as it tried to bring down incoming Russian missiles.
 
The incident underscored the dangers of miscalculation in a brutal war that has stretched on for nearly nine months, and which risks escalating further and dragging major powers into it, CNN said.
 
Polish media earlier reported that projectiles had landed on a farm in the NATO member’s territory — roughly the same time as Russia launched its biggest wave of missile attacks on Ukrainian cities in more than a month. 
 
Russia's Defense Ministry said reports of Russian missiles landing in Poland were a "deliberate provocation," as the incident raised fears of a further escalation in the months-long war.
 



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