KYIV, Ukraine — Poland An explosion that claimed two lives at a Ukrainian grain-processing plant close to the Ukrainian border early Wednesday was reported. “most likely” The incident was caused by a Russian-made ballistic missile. This raises the possibility of NATO being drawn into the war in Ukraine.

Poland, a NATO member, also said it would most likely invoke Article 4 of the NATO charter, under which members confer when a nation’s territorial integrity or security has been threatened.

According to the Polish Foreign Ministry, the missile was Russian-made. However, President Andrzej Da did not confirm this, telling reporters. “It was most likely a Russian-made missile, but this is all still under investigation at the moment.”

He said, “We do not have any conclusive evidence at the moment as to who launched this missile.” Both the Russian and Ukrainian armies use Soviet-era weapons.

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In a Telegram message, the Russian Defense Ministry stated in an article that any statements made about Russian missiles hitting the Polish village are a matter of Russian Defense Ministry. “deliberate provocation.”

“No strikes on targets near the Ukrainian-Polish state border were made,” The ministry stated.

On Tuesday, the explosion in Przewodow was four miles from Ukraine’s border. It occurred during a day of intense Russian bombardment. The blast’s proximity to the border raised the possibility that it might have been the result of an errant missile or the remains of one that had been targeted by Ukraine’s air-defense systems, analysts said.

Just hours before Rau made his statement, leaders from Poland convened a meeting with the National Security Council to discuss Mr. Rau’s response to a “crisis situation,” Piotr Müller, a spokesperson for the government, spoke to reporters. Polish leaders claimed that some units of the military were on higher alert, and that special procedures had been established.

Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky, was quick to seize on the episode, calling it evidence of “a very significant escalation.” Alluding Poland’s membership in NATO, he accused Russia of an “attack on collective security.”

Western leaders have expressed their support for Poland However, it was prudent to start with caution. NATO members include PolandWe have all pledged to support one another.

“We cannot confirm the reports or any of the details at this time,” Adrienne Watson, spokeswoman of the U.S. National Security Council said earlier Tuesday. “We will determine what happened and what the appropriate next steps would be.”

Two diplomats from NATO countries spoke anonymously to say that they were faced with the possibility that the war in Ukraine could have spilled into another country. Charles Michel, a senior official of the European Union, called for the E.U. Leaders attending the Group of 20 summit held in Indonesia urged E.U. to organize their own meeting to discuss the events. Poland.

At the G20 meeting, President Biden spoke to Mr. Duda, offering U.S. support to the investigation into the explosion. Mr. Biden then spoke with Jens Stoltenberg, NATO’s secretary general. The president was present at an emergency meeting of the leaders of the wealthy Group of 7 on Wednesday morning as part of the G20 summit. They discussed the situation. Poland. On a White House video feed, Mr. Biden was seen sitting silently in the middle of Prime Minister Rishi Shahak of Britain as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. When reporters asked him if he wanted to update them on the explosion, he replied that a yes. “No.”

The explosion in Poland It was on the same day that Russian missiles were rained across Ukraine, including Lviv, about 50 miles from the Polish village. The Russian forces launched one of the largest aerial attacks against Ukraine since the war began.

Since the beginning of the war, Ukraine’s Western allies, including the United States, have sought to keep the fighting limited to Ukrainian territory and avoid direct confrontation between the NATO alliance and Russia, even as they have supplied a steady stream of weapons to Kyiv.

Although the missile barrage that Tuesday was meant to warn Ukrainians not too rejoice over their victory in Kherson (the southern city from whom Moscow was forced to withdraw over the weekend), it was also intended for a larger audience: leaders who gathered in Bali for G20.

G20 leaders called Tuesday for an end of the war which has caused food insecurity and high inflation. However, Zelensky made a remote speech to the gathering and said that the fighting would continue for a long time. He reiterated his demand that Moscow be held responsible for violating international law and stated that Ukraine would not cease its resistance until its territory is restored.

“Every day of delay means new deaths of Ukrainians, new threats to the world and an insane increase in losses due to continuation of the Russian aggression — losses for everyone in the world,” Mr. Zelensky said.

The sirens of air raid began to sound on Tuesday in a country still celebrating the retaking Kherson. Russia had lost Kherson very soon after it invaded. Zelensky, a man who had visited the newly liberated city unannounced, declared, “This is the beginning of the end of the war.”

However, on Tuesday, a cascade of Russian missiles tried to make their mark in Ukraine and knocked out power for seven million people.

“These are what our Russian brothers do for us,” A Kyiv woman of 66 years said that a missile fragment had turned her kitchen into an inferno and killed a neighbor, driving at least 70 families out of their homes. “These are our ‘liberators.’”

With Ukraine steadily building momentum on the battlefield in recent months, and with the loss of Kherson — an especially stinging blow — Ukrainian and Western officials have been warning that Russia would step up its efforts to break Ukrainians’ resolve.

Russian missiles struck at least six areas on Tuesday, including Kyiv (the capital) and appeared determined to cut off power supply to civilians. Fifteen pieces of energy infrastructure were damaged, officials said, and it was the largest coordinated strike on the energy system since the star of the war, Ukraine’s energy minister, Herman Halushchenko, said.

Explosions were also reported in Ukraine’s second-largest city, Kharkiv; the western city of Lviv; and others, officials said. In the southern city, Mykolaiv, sirens sounded to alert authorities.

Yuriy Ihnat spoke for the Ukrainian Air Force and said that the barrage was more than the 84 rockets Russia launched Oct. 10, when Russia began its assault on the Ukrainian infrastructure.

But as in earlier attacks, Ukraine’s air-defense systems appeared to have knocked out a substantial number of the missiles. Seventy were shot down on Tuesday, the country’s air force claimed.

Others found their targets and Ukrainian officials began to repair the damage.

Kharkiv’s mayor, Igor Terekhov, said that city workers were trying to restore power, while Serhiy Gamalii, an official with the military administration in Khmelnytskyi, said electrical service was knocked out there, too.

The strike’s effects also reached Moldova, another neighboring Ukraine. Parts of that country, which is closely linked to Ukraine’s power grid, lost service, though many localities were soon reconnected, the Moldovan government said.

G20 leaders met in Bali under the shadow of war half a globe away.

Russia’s president, Vladimir V. Putin, did not attend. His foreign minister, Sergei V. Lavrov, was there in Mr. Putin’s place.

China’s President Xi Jinping, an increasingly close ally to Russia, didn’t directly mention war but referred instead to the tense geopolitical context and the disruption of supply chains for energy and food.

“All countries should replace division with unity,” According to a transcript of the Chinese Foreign Ministry Mr. Xi spoke.

Some thought it was a coincidence that a Russian missile launch occurred on the same day as G20 leaders met.

“Does anyone seriously think that the Kremlin really wants peace?” Andriy Yaermak is an advisor to Mr. Zelensky. said on Twitter. “It wants obedience. But at the end of the day, terrorists always lose.”

Reporting was provided by Matthew Mpoke Bigg From London Monika Pronczuk And Matina Stevis Gridneff From Brussels and Jim Tankersley From Bali, Indonesia.