On Tuesday, a Russian missile attack on the Ukrainian power grid caused the war to spread to nearby nations, hitting NATO member Poland and cutting off energy to a large portion of Moldova.
According to a U.S. official, it was Russia’s heaviest barrage yet, and some missiles crossed into Poland and killed two people there.
It was the first time during the conflict that Russian weapons had been used against a member of NATO.
The information was provided by a senior U.S. intelligence officer, who spoke anonymously due to the issue’s sensitivity, but Polish government spokesman Piotr Mueller did not immediately corroborate it.
Mueller, though, claimed that top officials were convening an urgent meeting because of a “crisis scenario.”
Polish media reported two individuals dead on Tuesday when a projectile impacted a grain drying facility in Przewodów, a Polish village close to the Ukrainian border.
Moldova, a nearby country, was also impacted. After the missiles destroyed a crucial power line supplying the tiny nation, it reported widespread power outages, an official said.
Zelenskyy claimed that Russia launched at least 85 missiles, most directed toward the nation’s power plants, and completely cut off many cities.
We’re working to get everything back to normal.
Everything would be okay, the president said.
The attack, which hit both power generation and transmission networks, was described by his energy minister as the “most significant” shelling of power facilities during the nearly nine-month-old Russian invasion.
After the Kremlin suffered military and diplomatic failures, the minister, Herman Haluschenko, referred to the missile strikes as “another effort at terrorist vengeance.”
On the verge of winter, he charged, Russia was “trying to cause maximum damage to our energy system.”
Following days of delight in Ukraine brought on by one of its most significant military victories—the retaking last week of the southern city of Kherson—the aerial attack, which resulted in at least one death in a residential building in the capital, Kyiv, ended with the death of one person.