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Romania has not confirmed the flight of a Russian missile over the country

Two Russian missiles fired on the morning of February 10 by the Russian army at Ukraine flew over the territory of neutral Moldova and Romania, a NATO member country. On this subject declared Commander of the Ukrainian Armed Forces Valery Zaluzhny. Bucharest confirms that at least one missile flew over Moldovan territory, but denies having violated Romanian airspace.

As Zaluzhny wrote on Facebook, the missiles were launched from the Black Sea, entered the airspace of Moldova, then Romania, after which they again entered the airspace of Ukraine at the point where the borders of the three states intersected.

Ukrainian Air Force Press Secretary Yuriy Ignat in a comment to Ukrainska Pravda said that Ukrainian air defense could shoot down these missiles, but, realizing the “risks and threats to the population of a foreign state,” did not do that.

Ministry of Defense of Romania declared, which recorded the flight of a Russian cruise missile over the territory of neighboring Moldova, however, according to the agency, the missile did not enter Romanian airspace. “The point of the target’s trajectory closest to Romanian airspace was recorded by radar systems about 35 km northeast of the border,” the Romanian military department said in a statement.

The Ministry of Defense of Moldova confirmed the flight of at least one Russian missile. The agency’s message said the missile was spotted over the town of Mokra in the Transnistria region, and then over the town of Kosoutsy in the Soroca region. If the flight path passed over these cities, the rocket could hardly fly over Romania.

The Moldovan Foreign Ministry announced the call of the Russian Ambassador.

In Moldova, during previous Russian strikes on Ukraine, the entry of Russian missiles into the country’s airspace was repeatedly recorded. Romania is mentioned in this context for the first time.

On November 15, during a Russian missile attack on Ukraine, an explosion occurred in eastern Poland, killing two people. According to preliminary data, it was to hit the wreckage of the Ukrainian anti-aircraft missile S-300. Polish authorities did not initiate NATO collective defense measures, stressing that even if the missile was Ukrainian, Russia bears responsibility for what happened. Kiev doubts it is a Ukrainian missile, saying other versions need to be checked.

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