November 15, 2022 Russia-Ukraine news

By Tara Subramaniam, Aditi Sangal, Adrienne Vogt, Mike Hayes, Jack Guy and Maureen Chowdhury, CNN

Updated 7:07 a.m. ET, November 16, 2022
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2:59 p.m. ET, November 15, 2022

US defense secretary expected to talk with his Polish counterpart later today

From CNN's Alex Marquardt and Oren Liebermann

US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is expected to speak with his Polish counterpart later this afternoon, according to a European military official and US official.

The call comes after reports that a missile or rocket reportedly killed two people after hitting a farm in Poland near the border with Ukraine Tuesday, according to Polish media.

2:55 p.m. ET, November 15, 2022

UK says it is "liaising closely" with allies following reports that rockets or missiles land in Poland

From CNN's James Frater

The UK said it is “liaising closely” with allies following reports that rockets or missiles landed in Poland, according to a UK foreign office spokesperson.

“We are investigating these reports and liaising closely with Allies,” a UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office spokesperson told CNN.

3:24 p.m. ET, November 15, 2022

White House official says US is working to figure out what happened in Poland

From CNN's Phil Mattingly, Betsy Klein and Jennifer Hansler

A senior White House official said they do not have confirmation of any rocket or missile strike in Poland, but that US officials are currently working to try and figure out exactly what has happened. 

US officials have also been monitoring reports of dozens of missile strikes in Ukraine over the course of the last day. 

National Security Council spokesperson Adrienne Watson tweeted they have seen reports from Poland but also says they are still determining what happened.

Watson tweeted Tuesday, “We've seen these reports out of Poland and are working with the Polish government to gather more information. We cannot confirm the reports or any of the details at this time. We will determine what happened and what the appropriate next steps would be.”

State Department principal deputy spokesperson Vedant Patel echoed that the United States cannot confirm the reports of missiles hitting Polish territory and killing two.

“We have seen these reports out of Poland and are working with the Polish government and our NATO partners to gather more information,” Patel said at a press briefing. “We can't confirm the reports or any of the details at this time”

Patel said he didn’t have any calls from Secretary of State Antony Blinken to read out.

Patel also responded to a statement from Russia's Defense Ministry, in which Russia said reports of the strike in Poland were a "deliberate provocation in order to escalate the situation." 

“The United States is certainly not trying to escalate or incite the situation at all,” Patel said when asked by CNN’s Kylie Atwood about the Russian Defense Ministry comments.

“We have seen the same reports that you all have and we are working with the Polish government to gather more information,” Patel said at a State Department briefing Tuesday. “We're not at a point where we can confirm some of these reports that we're seeing.”

It’s currently just after 3:30 a.m. in Bali, Indonesia, where US President Joe Biden is attending the Group of 20 summit.

Biden has two events on his schedule during the day ahead, which is the last of his foreign trip – a tree planting with G20 leaders, followed by a meeting with the new UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak. 

He is then scheduled to depart the summit shortly after midnight ET.

2:49 p.m. ET, November 15, 2022

Baltic states express solidarity with Poland after rockets or missiles reported to land on Polish soil

From Antonia Mortensen and James Frater

The Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed concern about reports of two missiles or rockets landing in a farm in Poland near the Ukrainian border.

"Latest news from Poland is most concerning. We are consulting closely with Poland and other Allies. Estonia is ready to defend every inch of NATO territory," the ministry tweeted.

“We’re in full solidarity with our close ally Poland,” it added.

Latvian Defense Minister Artis Pabriks said that "Latvia fully stands with Polish friends."

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda said that the country is "keeping a close contact" with Poland.

"Lithuania stands in strong solidarity with Poland," he tweeted," adding that “every inch of NATO territory must be defended!”

2:21 p.m. ET, November 15, 2022

Polish government official says national security meeting was called due to "emergency situation"

From CNN's Tim Lister, Emmet Lyons and Antonia Mortensen

A government spokesperson in Poland says a meeting of national security officials Tuesday night was called "due to the emergency situation."

He added that details would be released after the meeting.

The meeting follows reports that two missiles landed on a farm in eastern Poland, near the Ukrainian border.

A Polish official told CNN that nothing was confirmed yet and the investigation into the incident was continuing.

There's been no confirmation from Polish authorities that Russian missiles landed on Polish territory.

2:43 p.m. ET, November 15, 2022

Pentagon says the US is aware of reports of Russian missiles striking Poland

From CNN's Michael Conte

US Defense Department Press Sec. Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder holds a press briefing at the Pentagon on October 18, 2022 in Arlington, Virginia.
US Defense Department Press Sec. Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder holds a press briefing at the Pentagon on October 18, 2022 in Arlington, Virginia. (Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)

US Defense Department Press Sec. Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder said the US is “aware of the press reports alleging that two Russian missiles have struck a location inside Poland near the Ukraine border” but does not currently have information to corroborate those reports.

The Defense Department repeated that the US “will defend every inch of NATO territory” as the US waits for more information. 

Ryder said the US is “very confident” in its force protection in Europe.

“When it comes to force protection, we always take the safety and security of our troops no matter where they’re serving very seriously,” said Ryder.

3:11 p.m. ET, November 15, 2022

Rockets or missiles reported to have landed in Poland near Ukrainian border, killing 2

From CNN's Tim Lister and Antonia Mortensen

Two missiles or rockets are reported to have hit a farm in Poland, near the town of Przewodow, near the border with Ukraine.
Two missiles or rockets are reported to have hit a farm in Poland, near the town of Przewodow, near the border with Ukraine. (MapBox)

Two missiles or rockets are reported to have hit a farm in Poland, near the border with Ukraine. Two people are reported killed.

Polish media showed an image of a deep impact and upturned farm vehicle at the site, near the town of Przewodow.

It's unclear where the projectiles came from.

However, the missiles or rockets landed at roughly the same time as a Russian missile attack on western Ukraine.

A government spokesperson said that Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has convened the Committee of the Council of Ministers for National Security and Defense Affairs.

1:56 p.m. ET, November 15, 2022

Ukraine sustains Russian missile attacks across the country. Catch up here.

Russia unleashed a torrent of missiles on Ukraine Tuesday, the same day that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelesnky delivered a video speech to the G20 and a week after Russian forces retreated from the southern city of Kherson.

Here's what we know so far.

Multiple cities and regions targeted: Multiple cities and districts — Kyiv, Kharkiv, Lviv, Mykolaiv, Kryvyi Rih, the Poltava region, Chernihiv, Sumy, Rivne, the Khmelnytskyi region and the Vinnytsia region — were targeted by Russian missiles, according to a CNN analysis of the strikes.

Zelensky said Russia launched about 85 missiles, mainly on energy infrastructure.

The wave of strikes appears to be the largest since Oct. 10, when Russia stepped up its campaign to destroy electricity, water and gas infrastructure across Ukraine. 

Residential buildings struck in Kyiv: Three strikes hit apartment buildings in the capital, according to officials. The Kyiv city military administration reported that one person was killed in a strike that had a residential building in the Pecherskyi district.

Millions without power: At least seven million Ukrainians are without electricity as a result of the barrage of missile attacks Tuesday, according to an official, who said that 15 facilities of Ukraine's energy infrastructure had been damaged during the Russian missile strikes. Kyiv Mayor Vitalii Klitschko said that power engineers were beginning emergency power outages in the capital. At least half of consumers have no electricity, he said.

1:54 p.m. ET, November 15, 2022

US sanctions firms involved in production and transfer of Iranian drones to Russia

From CNN's Michael Callahan

The US unveiled additional sanctions on entities involved in the production and transfer of Iranian unmanned aerial vehicles (aka drones) to Russia that have been “used in devastating attacks against civilian infrastructure in Ukraine,” the US Treasury announced Tuesday.

The sanctions include several aviation related companies and two people who facilitated the Russian mercenary Wagner Group’s “acquisition of UAVs from Iran.” The two are Abbas Djuma and Tigran Khristoforovich Srabionov.

“As we have demonstrated repeatedly, the United States is determined to sanction people and companies, no matter where they are located, that support Russia’s unjustified invasion of Ukraine. Today’s action exposes and holds accountable companies and individuals that have enabled Russia’s use of Iranian-built UAVs to brutalize Ukrainian civilians,” Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen said in a statement. “This is part of our larger effort to disrupt Russia’s war effort and deny the equipment it needs through sanctions and export controls.”