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NC Locals respond to growing global tension amid Russia-Ukraine conflict

There are new fears Tuesday over growing tensions with Russia as the country launched a widespread attack on Ukraine.

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Aaron Thomas
, WRAL reporter
RALEIGH, N.C. — For months, Olena Kozlova-Pates has been watching war wreak havoc in her native country of Ukraine from the Raleigh area.

"Every second, every day there is something that's been destroyed by Russia in Ukraine," said Kozlova-Pates

There are new fears Tuesday over growing tensions with Russia as the country launched a widespread attack on Ukraine.

Leaders from Poland said a Russian-made missile fell into its territory, killing two people.

"Certainly what happened in Poland today is something new," said Kozlova-Pates. "Something that we haven't experienced before."

Dr. Simon Miles from Duke University said the hit on NATO territory doesn’t mean the use of military intervention will be immediate. The professor of public policy said the 82nd Airborne based in Fort Bragg is one of the quickest response tools in our government’s toolkit.

But top U.S. leaders have to determine there’s a perceived threat.

Dr. Miles said over the course of the war, Russia has had poor precision in hitting intended targets.

"My sense is that if this was a Russian missile that strayed into Polish territory as part of what was a pretty significant barrage of Ukrainian civilian targets in Kyiv and other municipalities today, that was in all likelihood, a mistake and accident."

After an emergency G20 meeting late Tuesday, President Biden said it was unlikely the missiles fired into Poland were from Russia, but went on to say the United States supports Poland's investigation.
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