A Russia-made missile that hit a Polish village and killed two persons led to the momentary conclusion that Russia had escalated the war and extended it to Poland, a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), the western military alliance of the old Cold War era. And there was immediate apprehension that it would mean NATO would have to go to the aid of its member, Poland, and take action against Russia.
The explosion on Tuesday at a grain facility near the Ukrainian border came as Russia unleashed a wave of missiles targeting Ukrainian energy infrastructure, attacks that Kyiv said were the heaviest in nearly nine months of war.
"A residential building in the city center was hit. A fire broke out. So far, three victims are known: a 54-year-old woman and two men aged 51 and 55," Kharkiv governor Oleh Synehubov said on the Telegram messaging platform.
The launches are the latest in a series of North Korean weapons tests in recent months that have raised tensions in the region. They came a day after Pyongyang fired more than 20 missiles, the most it has fired in a single day ever.
Azerbaijani officials said the Soviet-made Scud missile destroyed or damaged about 20 residential buildings in Ganja overnight, and emergency workers spent hours searching in the rubble for victims and survivors.
A territorial row over the islands, which the Soviets seized at the end of World War Two, has prevented the two countries from signing a formal peace treaty. Japan calls the islands the Northern Territories and Russia calls them the Kurils.
The Saudi defence ministry said in a statement that they had targeted civilians in the Eastern Province as well as the southern cities of Najran and Jazan.
The country has test-fired a nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile from an island off its east coast amid rising border tensions with China.
Japan lays claim to the Russian-held southern Kuril islands that Tokyo calls the Northern Territories, a territorial row that dates back to the end of World War Two when Soviet troops seized them from Japan.