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Ukraine's Thermal Power Plant Attacked, Poland's Air Defense on High Alert Amidst Russian Strikes on Ukraine's Power Grid

Ukraine's Thermal Power Plant Attacked, Poland's Air Defense on High Alert Amidst Russian Strikes on Ukraine's Power Grid
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Poland's military has been thrust into high alert as Russian forces intensify their assault on Ukraine's energy infrastructure. The Polish Armed Forces Operational Command reported that both Polish and allied aircraft were scrambled in response to a large-scale Russian missile attack on Ukrainian territory.

The situation escalated when Russian cruise missiles, launched in the early hours, were detected heading towards the central Ukrainian cities of Poltava and Dnipro via the Kharkiv region. This prompted immediate action from the Polish air defense units.

Adding to the turmoil, three of Ukraine's thermal power plants, owned by the nation's largest private power firm DTEK, suffered severe damage due to the Russian offensive. The attacks, described as "massive and combined," targeted energy facilities in the central and western regions of Ukraine, leading to emergency shutdowns in the southeastern Dnipropetrovsk region.

The Polish government has demanded an explanation from Russia after one of the missiles briefly entered Polish airspace, a serious breach that has raised alarms within the NATO alliance.

As the conflict continues to unfold, the World remains on edge, with the hope that diplomatic efforts will soon lead to a de-escalation of the crisis. Meanwhile, the resilience of Ukraine's power grid is being tested as engineers work tirelessly to repair the damage and restore essential services to the war-torn nation.