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Russia invades Polish airspace to bomb Lviv

This Sunday, Russia launched a strong offensive against kyiv and Lviv, a city located near the border between Ukraine and Poland, whose airspace was violated by the Kremlin’s projectiles, as denounced by Warsaw’s Defense Minister, Wladislaw Kosiniak-Kamysz. It was a cruise missile that penetrated Polish territory for 39 seconds and caused the declaration of a state of alert for aviation and the convocation of the security leadership formed by the president, Andrzej Duda; Prime Minister Donald Tusk; the aforementioned Kosiniak-Kamysz, and the chief of the Army Staff, Rajmund Andrzejczak.

“The object entered near the city of Oserdow,” according to the official statement from the Government, which also contacted NATO commanders to inform them “about the course of another incident of violation of the Alliance border.” Atlantic by the combat assets of the Russian Federation,” as noted by the National Security Service office.

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The Polish Foreign Minister, Andrezj Szejna, will summon Moscow’s ambassador, Sergei Andreyev, this Monday to ask for explanations,” without ruling out “future diplomatic actions.”

The Russian Defense Ministry simply noted that a “night attack with precision weapons” had been carried out against “electric power facilities, the gas production industry and places where unmanned vessels are assembled and tested.”

It is not the first time that Russia’s offensive in Ukraine crosses the external border of the European Union. The last violation of its airspace took place at the end of December, but already in November 2022 a missile hit a Polish village and killed two civilians. Western officials assumed it was a Ukrainian anti-aircraft missile that had been deployed in defense against Kremlin attacks.

Air defense

The violation of Polish airspace occurred within the framework of an operation directed against the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, and Lviv with almost thirty cruise missiles models X-101, X-555 and X-55 launched from fourteen strategic aircraft Tu-95MS and 28 Shahed type attack unmanned aerial vehicles. The authorities did not report the existence of victims but did report material damage. “The air defense has worked,” they stated.

The same sources reported drone attacks in Krivoi Rog, Dnipropetrovsk region, where heating networks and power lines were damaged due to falling debris. In addition, six hospitals, 150 educational institutions and 3,000 homes were left without heat.

On the other hand, the Russian authorities in Sevastopol, in Crimea, reported one dead and four wounded in a Ukrainian attack carried out on Saturday night. Kiev also stated that its defense forces successfully attacked the large Russian landing ships ‘Yamal’ and ‘Azov’, a communications center and several infrastructure facilities of the Black Sea Fleet in Sevastopol.

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