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NATO Wants to Avoid Getting Dragged Into a War With Russia by Mistake

Military commanders are speaking to their Russian counterparts to avoid misunderstandings as the fighting in Ukraine moves closer to NATO borders.

Smoke and flames rise after Russian rockets hit warehouses in the Sviatoshynskyi district of Kyiv on March 17.
Smoke and flames rise after Russian rockets hit warehouses in the Sviatoshynskyi district of Kyiv on March 17.Photographer: Emin Sansar/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Military commanders from NATO countries are working the phones with their Russian counterparts to make sure the U.S. and its allies don’t get dragged into a war over a misunderstanding on the Ukrainian border.

In the past 24 hours, Russian missiles landed near Lviv, the city in western Ukraine that has been a gathering point for people fleeing the conflict. At the weekend Russia hit a military facility in the region about 22 miles from Poland and last week a reconnaissance drone darted through several eastern European countries before crashing in the Croatian capital  Zagreb.