NATO war planes have reportedly been deployed after Putin launched a wave of attacks at Ukraine’s Polish border.
Explosions have ripped through Ukraine after the warlord unleashed the spate of horrifying new attacks. At least three F-16s owned by NATO were seen being scrambled in the wake of the intensified attacks, reports say.
Poland is a NATO member, meaning any attack over the border could result in major involvement from other member states. Attacks in Ukraine have already been increasing since the new year, with recent distressing footage from Kyiv showing residential blocks ablaze.
Among the Russian targets was reported to be a Ukrainian marine drone plant in Mykolaiv, and barrages of attacks on Kyiv and Kharkiv. The waves of strikes followed confirmation that Vladimir Putin had given an interview to controversial former Fox News host Tucker Carlson in an evident attempt by the Kremlin dictator to justify himself to Western audiences.
The deep threat of the war dragging in NATO was highlighted by the Polish alert early on Wednesday as Russian missiles appeared to be overflying Ukraine and heading towards Poland. Reports from Ukraine said Poland had put three F-16s in the air to counter the possible Russian threat, although it’s unclear which NATO warplanes were activated.
Operational Command of the Armed Forces of Poland stated: “Intensive long-range aviation activity of the Russian Federation is being observed due to missile strikes on Ukrainian territory. All necessary procedures aimed at ensuring the safety of Polish airspace have been launched.”
The operational command of NATO state Poland was “constantly monitoring the situation”. “We warn you that Polish and allied aircraft have been activated, which may cause increased noise levels, especially in the southeast area of the country.”
Smoke was seen rising from Kyiv as five explosions were heard in the Ukrainian capital after a nationwide air raid alert in Ukraine. “Explosions in the city. Air defence is working. Stay in shelters!” wrote Kyiv mayor Vitaliy Klychko.