Russian missiles over Moldova, Romania ‘a challenge to NATO,’ says Zelenskyy

10 February, 04:34 PM
Volodymyr Zelenskyy (Photo:REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier/Pool)

Volodymyr Zelenskyy (Photo:REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier/Pool)

A fresh massive missile strike launched by Russia against Ukraine on Feb. 10 is a “challenge to NATO” since the missiles crossed the airspace of Moldova and NATO member state Romania, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in a video address.

Romanian authorities have since denied any Russian missiles entered Romanian airspace, saying the closest they came was 35 kilometers. Two Romanian jets on a training flight were diverted to the area when the Russian cruise missiles were detected, Romanian authorities said.

Moldova’s Defense Ministry said it tracked a Russian missile flying over its territory, without mentioning whether it flew over Romania.

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Zelenskyy said Russia’s targets were people and civilian infrastructure, as a result there were hits and casualties.

He called on the world to “stop the terror.”

“Several Russian missiles crossed the airspace of Moldova and Romania,” the Ukrainian president said.

“This is yet more proof that terror doesn’t know and will never know any boundaries. This is yet another proof that the protection of Ukraine is the protection of the whole of Europe and the world, of every country that simply wants to live. Today’s missiles are a challenge to NATO, to collective security.”

During the night and morning attacks on Feb. 10, Russia launched 71 missiles at Ukraine, 61 of which were shot down by air defense forces.

Kyiv Mayor Vitaliy Klitschko said that 10 missiles had been shot down over the capital city, resulting in damage to power lines, two cars and a house.

Meanwhile, 13 missiles were shot down over Odesa Oblast. Energy facilities were reportedly hit in Kharkiv, Zaporizhzhya and Khmelnytskyi oblasts.

The Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Valeriy Zaluzhnyi, said that Russian missiles had been detected in the airspace of Moldova and NATO member state Romania during the Russian massive missile strike against Ukraine on Feb. 10.

The spokesperson for the Air Force Command of Ukraine’s Armed Forces, Yuriy Ihnat, said that Ukraine had the ability to shoot down the missiles. However, it did not do so for fear of endangering civilians in foreign countries.

Moldova’s Foreign Ministry has summoned Russia’s ambassador after the incident in which Kyiv says Russian cruise missiles crossed parts of Moldovan and Romanian airspace before entering western Ukraine.

At the same time, Romania’s Foreign Ministry has denied the information, stating that the missile flew 35 kilometers from the border.

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