Russian missile strikes Poland

Francisco Daniel, Sports Editor

The Russian-Ukraine war has now been going on for multiple years with Russia’s invasion in February 2022, recalling the entire world as to what is happening between the two. At first, the war was only directly between the two. Of course, both are supplied by other countries. On November 15th, 2022, a U.S. official came out, saying Russian missiles landed in Poland, whether it was an accident or not, which has sparked both fear and hope of NATO involvement.

Unfortunately, and most definitely unexpectedly, the Russian missile killed two unnamed civilians, said multiple news outlets, counting The Associated Press. On Tuesday, the national security advisor Jake Sullivan issued a statement, in which he condemns the recent Russian missile attacks, saying they “appear to have struck residential buildings in Kyiv and additional sites across the country.”Jake Sullivan was not the only one as Air Force Brig. Gen. Patrick Ryder, the Pentagon’s press secretary, also spoke to reporters the same day, saying “We are aware of the press reports alleging that two Russian missiles have struck a location inside Poland on the Ukraine border,” and  “I can tell you that we don’t have any information at this time to corroborate these reports and are looking into this further.”

This sudden tragedy brings about concerns over NATO’s emergency meeting about both Articles 4 and 5. Article 4 is the meeting itself and Article 5 specifies that if any country that is a member of NATO is attacked, is essentially the same as an attack on all members. So, when a member country is attacked, which in this case is debatable for Poland, all existing 30 members get together and talk if it falls under Article 5

In response to the chaos, a statement was released at the non-interventionist think tank Defense Priorities by the director of grand strategy, Rajan Menon, “The Article does not put them on autopilot or rob them of agency,” he stated, continuing.  “This does not mean that the Russian missile strike in Poland isn’t a serious incident. It is and brings home in a visceral manner how a prolonged war in Ukraine could lead to an incident which, while it may have been unintended, could nevertheless set a conflict spiral in motion.”