Could World War Three be started by an accident? A missile accidentally hit a Polish village close to the Ukrainian border on Tuesday, and some feared it could start a war.
On Tuesday, a Russian missile hit a Polish village. The news worried many people, who thought that Russia was trying to attack Poland. Most people agree that Russia invading Poland would start a World War.
Russia has been making threats of nuclear war for months now. It has been nine months since the superpower invaded Ukraine.
When a Russian missile fell in Poland, many thought that it would trigger a war. Poland is in Nato (North Atlantic Treaty Organization), a group of countries who have a treaty to help defend each other. The treaty says that if one of the countries in the group is attacked, the others have to defend it.
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This means that if Russia attacked Poland, all of the other Nato countries could go to war with Russia.
The missile turned out to be an accident. It is thought to have been fired by the Ukrainian army to defend themselves against Russia.
But there are many examples from history of wars being started because of a small accident like this.
Some people say that we have learned from our history, and that is why a war was not started on Tuesday. Others do not believe it.
Could World War Three be started by an accident?
Yes! History shows us that there are many examples of wars started by mistake. This means that it could happen again.
No! We have learned from the past and will not make the same mistakes again. This is why groups like Nato, which have lots of experts, exist.