(Al Jazeera) Russian cruise missiles targeting Ukraine crossed Moldovan airspace, Foreign Minister Nicu Popescu has said, adding Moscow’s envoy has been summoned for an explanation.
“Three cruise missiles launched on Ukraine this morning from Russian ships in the Black Sea crossed Moldova’s airspace,” Popescu said on Twitter on Monday.
“I instructed that Russia’s ambassador be summoned to provide an explanation.”
Popescu expressed outrage at the many missile attacks carried out on Ukrainian cities on Monday, a day after Moscow blamed Ukraine for an explosion on a bridge connecting Crimea to Russia.
“Appalled by multiple Russian rocket strikes on cities across Ukraine, including the capital Kyiv, striking civilian targets. Russia must stop killing,” he said.
He said his office had been in touch with Moldovan embassy staff in Kyiv and that they were safe “and sheltering from these senseless attacks on civilians”.
“Our thoughts are with the victims of the brutal strikes,” Popescu said.
Like Ukraine, tiny Moldova is a former part of the Soviet Union with a pro-Western government.
Hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian refugees have flooded into the country since Russia sent troops into Ukraine.
Moldova was along with Ukraine granted candidate status by the European Union in a show of support in the face of Russia’s offensive.