Illustrative photo – A missile fired from a Russian warship at a target on the territory of Ukraine in a photo taken by the Russian Ministry of Defense on October 10, 2022.
Chisinau/Bucharest/Kyiv – Ukrainian Armed Forces Commander Valery Zaluzhny claims that two Russian Kalibr cruise missiles aimed at Ukraine flew over the airspace of Romania and Moldova. While Moldova confirmed the violation of its airspace and its foreign ministry summoned the Russian ambassador in protest, Romania rejected the Ukrainian commander's information. According to the Romanian Ministry of Defense, the Russian missile came within about 35 kilometers of Romanian airspace. This was reported by the Reuters agency today. Romania is a member of NATO.
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“Today, February 10, at 10:18 a.m., two Russian Kalibr cruise missiles crossed Ukraine's state border with the Republic of Moldova. At approximately 10:33 a.m., they crossed Romanian airspace. Then they re-entered Ukrainian airspace at the point where the borders of the three countries intersect . Missiles were launched from the Black Sea,” Zaluzhny wrote in a telegram. According to him, this happened during today's large air attack by Russian forces on Ukraine.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy later said in a telegram that “several” Russian cruise missiles flew over Moldova and Romania. “The enemy fired at least 70 rockets this morning in another massive attack (on Ukraine),” Zelenskyy said. “Several Russian missiles flew through the airspace of Moldova and Romania. These missiles pose a challenge to NATO and collective security. It is a terror that must be stopped,” he added.
Neighboring Moldova, meanwhile, said a Russian cruise missile had disrupted its airspace. “The Ministry of Defense, in cooperation with the responsible structures of the country, is closely monitoring the situation in the region and strongly condemns the violation of Moldova's airspace,” the Moldovan Ministry of Defense said. the Crimean peninsula today entered Moldovan airspace and then landed in Ukraine, about 35 km northeast of the Romanian border. According to the authority, the missile came closest to Romanian airspace at about 35 kilometers.
Moscow has not yet commented on this information. Today, according to Ukrainian authorities, Russia launched another major aerial attack on Ukraine's energy infrastructure. According to Ukrainian Energy Minister Herman Halushchenko, power plants in six regions were affected, resulting in power outages across most of Ukraine.