The Russian invasion of Ukraine its voltage increases exponentially. at least one russian missile It has fallen this Tuesday afternoon-night in the national territory of Polandexactly, in the small town of Przewodów, located a few kilometers from the border between this European country and Ukraine. Official Polish sources have already confirmed that at least two people have died.
The fall of these two missiles on Polish territory coincides with a Russian missile attack on the city of Lviv, one of the main Ukrainian cities, which is located only 50 kilometers in a straight line from the Polish town where the two Russian missiles fell. .
The Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawieckihas urgently summoned the Committee of the Council of Ministers for National Security and Defense Affairsas reported through the social network Twitter by the spokesman for the Polish government, Piotr Müller.
Premier @MorawieckiM zwołał w trybie pilnym Komitet Rady Ministrów do spraw Bezpieczeństwa Narodowego i spraw Obronnych.
— Piotr Muller (@PiotrMuller) November 15, 2022
The event has quickly provoked the first international reactions. The Deputy Prime Minister of Latvia, Artis Pabriks, has shown his support for the Polish brothers in arms and has highlighted that the Russian attack has affected NATO territory. “My condolences to our Polish brothers in arms. The criminal Russian regime fired missiles that targeted not only Ukrainian civilians but also landed on NATO territory in Poland. Latvia fully supports Polish friends and condemns this crime,” he tweeted.
My condolences to our Polish brothers in arms. Criminal Russian regime fired missiles which target not only Ukrainian civilians but also landed on NATO territory in Poland. Latvia fully stands with Polish friends and condemns this crime.
— Artis Pabriks (@Pabriks) November 15, 2022
Another of the countries that has reacted has been Hungary. The first Minister, Viktor Orbanhas urgently convened the Defense Councilas explained by the spokesman for the Hungarian Government, Zoltan Kovavs: “In response to the cessation of the transfer of oil through the Druzhba pipeline and the impact of the missile on Polish territory, Viktor Orbán has convened the Hungarian Defense Council at the 20:00 (local time)”.
NATO and the activation of article 5
The fall of these Russian missiles on Polish territory creates a difficult situation, since a direct attack against a country of the NATO by Russia it would be considered a casus belli, that is, a cause of war, which could cause the activation of article 5 of the Atlantic Alliance and all the allied countries would enter into direct war against Russia. The key is to know if the fall of these two missiles was an accident or a deliberate attack..
The parties agree that an armed attack against one or more of them, occurring in Europe or in North America, will be considered as an attack directed against all of them and, accordingly, they agree that if such an attack occurs, each of them They, in exercise of the right of individual or collective legitimate defense, recognized by Article 51 of the Charter of the United Nations, will assist the Party or Parties thus attacked, subsequently adopting, individually and in agreement with the other Parties, the measures that deems necessary, including the use of armed force, to restore and maintain security in the North Atlantic region.
Any armed attack of this nature and any measure adopted as a consequence will be immediately brought to the attention of the Security Council. These measures will cease when the Security Council has taken the necessary measures to restore and maintain international peace and security. (Article 5 of the Washington Treaty)