Nato allies are investigating reports that Russian missiles have struck a village in Poland, killing two people.
The incident was initially reported on Tuesday evening by The Associated Press, which cited an unnamed US intelligence official as saying the blast was due to Russian missiles crossing into Poland.
At the same time Polish government spokesman Piotr Mueller said leaders were holding an emergency meeting due to a “crisis situation.”
Polish media reported that two people died Tuesday afternoon after a projectile struck an area where grain was drying in Przewodów, a Polish village about 10km from the border with Ukraine.
Firefighters confirmed that two people died in an explosion in Przewodów.
“Firefighters are on the spot, it’s not clear what has happened,” said Lukasz Kucy, an officer on duty at a nearby firefighters’ post.
Polish Radio ZET reported earlier that two stray missiles hit Przewodów on Tuesday, killing two people, without giving any more details.
Photographs of the incident appear to show a wrecked trailer and tractor lying beside a large crater.
The Pentagon initially said it was unable to corroborate the report and was investigating.
Foreign Secretary James Cleverly tweeted: “We are urgently looking into reports of missiles landing in Poland, and are in contact with our Polish friends and NATO allies.”
The apparent missile strikes were described by Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky as a significant escalation that demanded action.
Meanwhile, Russia was pounding cities across Ukraine with missiles on Tuesday, in attacks that Kyiv said were the heaviest wave of missile strikes in nearly nine months of war.
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky addressing the G20 summit in Bali