PRZEWODOW, Poland — NATO member Poland and the head of the military alliance both said Wednesday that a missile strike in Polish farmland that killed two people did not appear to be intentional and was probably launched by air defenses in neighboring Ukraine. Russia had been bombarding Ukraine at the time in an attack that savaged its power grid. “Ukraine’s defense was launching their missiles in various directions and it is highly probable that one of these missiles unfortunately fell on Polish territory,” said Polish President Andrzej Duda. “There is nothing, absolutely nothing, to suggest that it was an intentional attack on Poland.” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, at a meeting of the 30-nation military alliance in Brussels, echoed the preliminary Polish findings. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, however, disputed them and asked for further investigation. Advertisement The assessments of Tuesday’s deadly landing of the missile appeared to dial … [Read more...] about Poland, NATO say deadly missile that struck Polish territory was not a Russian attack
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This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 17 KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A Russian missile barrage on the Ukrainian power grid sent the war spilling over into neighboring countries Tuesday, hitting NATO member Poland and cutting electricity to much of Moldova. It was Russia's biggest barrage yet, and some of the missiles crossed into Poland, where two people were killed, according to a U.S. official. It marked the first time in the war that Russian weapons have come down on a NATO country. Polish government spokesman Piotr Mueller did not immediately confirm the information from a senior U.S. intelligence official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the situation. But Mueller said top leaders were holding an emergency meeting due to a “crisis situation.” Polish media reported that two people died Tuesday … [Read more...] about Russian missiles cross into Poland during strike on Ukraine
Potential blackouts this winter in Britain have become more likely with repairs to a crucial underwater cable from France being delayed until next year. In yet another blow to the United Kingdom’s energy security, repairs to the British National Grid’s Interconnexion France-Angleterre (IFA), which has been running at half capacity since a fire broke out at the substation in Kent in September of last year, have been delayed from December to at least mid-January. Typically the cable has the capability of delivering two gigawatts of electricity to Britain, or enough to power up to approximately two million households, but it has been only supplying half that since the fire last year. It was scheduled to return to 1.5 gigawatts this month and full capacity by December, but it is now expected that repairs will continue until January 18th, The Telegraph reports . The IFA cable is one of eight such underwater lines from European energy suppliers in Belgium, France, Ireland, the … [Read more...] about Blackouts More Likely as Repairs to French-UK Power Line Delayed
KYIV, Ukraine — Russia pounded Ukraine’s energy facilities on Wednesday, as missiles rocked Kyiv and other cities, plunging large areas of the nation into darkness, shutting down water systems and cutting off power in half the neighboring country of Moldova. The attack was the widest since Nov. 15 , when 100 missiles and drones rained down, and among the most devastating of the entire war. The blasts sent plumes of smoke into the skies as Ukrainian air defense systems worked to shoot down incoming rockets that Moscow has been aiming at energy installations for weeks in an effort to break Ukrainians’ will by depriving them of light and heat in the winter months. “We have confirmation of hits on critical infrastructure facilities in several regions,” the deputy head of the Ukrainian president’s office, Kyrylo Tymoshenko, said in a statement. From Lviv in the west to Dnipro and Odesa in the south and Kharkiv in the northeast, officials reported interruptions in … [Read more...] about Russian Missile Barrage Cuts Power and Water Across Ukraine
KYIV — As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine entered its 10th month, Russian artillery pounded the strategic southern port city of Kherson two weeks after retreating from it, killing at least 10 civilians and wounding dozens more — and on Friday, triggering a hospital evacuation. Russian forces shelled the city and surrounding area 49 times on Thursday and Friday, the head of the Kherson regional military administration, Yaroslav Yanushevych, said. Thursday was one of the deadliest days since the Kremlin ordered its forces to retreat . “Due to constant Russian shelling, we are evacuating hospital patients from Kherson,” Mr. Yanushevych said. Pediatric patients were transferred to Mykolaiv, he said, while 100 patients from the regional psychiatric care facility were moved to Odesa. President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine said in his nightly address late Thursday that Russia had begun shelling as “revenge” after Ukrainian troops reclaimed the city . “Almost every hour, I … [Read more...] about Kherson Evacuates Hospitals Under Relentless Russian Shelling
KYIV, Ukraine — The surgeons had made the long incision down the middle of the child’s chest, cut the breastbone to spread the rib cage and reach the heart when the lights went out at the Heart Institute in Kyiv. Generators kicked on to keep life-support equipment running on Wednesday night as nurses and surgical assistants held flashlights over the operating table, guiding the surgeons as they snipped and cut, working to save a life under the most trying of conditions. “The electricity went out completely in the operating room,” said Borys Todurov, the institute’s director, who posted a video of the procedure online to illustrate the difficulties doctors are facing. “So far we are coping on our own,” he said. “But every hour is getting harder. There has been no water for several hours now. We continue to do only emergency operations.” Russia’s attacks on Ukraine’s energy grid are taking a growing toll on the nation as the damage adds up. After each strike, repairs become … [Read more...] about ‘Every hour is getting harder’: Surgeons in Ukraine struggle to operate when the power goes out.