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Airspace Breach: Russian Missile Incursion Raises Tensions

Airspace Breach: Russian Missile Incursion Raises Tensions
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Moscow, (TMT) - A Russian Cruise Missile has violated Polish airspace, escalating tensions in the region. The incident occurred amidst a series of Russian air attacks on Ukrainian cities, including the capital, Kyiv, and the western region of Lviv.

On Sunday, Russia launched a total of 57 missiles and drones targeting Ukraine, with strikes hitting both Kyiv and Lviv. Poland's armed forces noted that one of Russia’s cruise missiles briefly entered Polish airspace, an act that could have significant diplomatic repercussions given Poland's membership in NATO.

The missile incursion into Polish airspace lasted for 39 seconds near the town of Oserdow, according to military sources. During its flight, the missile was observed by military radar systems, and Polish and allied aircraft were activated to safeguard Poland's airspace.

In Ukraine, the air force destroyed 18 out of 29 Russia-launched missiles and 25 out of 28 attack drones. Several explosions rocked Kyiv early on Sunday, with Ukraine's air defense forces destroying about a dozen Russia-launched missiles over the capital and its vicinity, causing only minor damage.

The Russian Ministry of Defense has not immediately replied to requests for comment. However, the attacks are portrayed by Moscow as revenge for Ukrainian actions during its recent presidential election.

The violation of Polish airspace by a Russian missile is a stark reminder of the precarious situation in Eastern Europe and the potential for the conflict to spill over into neighboring countries.