Russian missile lands in pro-NATO Moldova in 'first of kind spillover' sparking WW3 fears

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A Russian missile that targeted Ukraine landed in nearby Moldova in what has been called the first “spillover” of the Ukraine war into a nearby country. On Monday morning, Moscow launched a wave of missile attacks across Ukraine, including in the capital, Kyiv.

Damage to civilian infrastructure, power networks and water supplies were reported from Lviv in the west, across to Kharkiv in the north-east and down to Zaporizhzhia in the south of Ukraine and Vinnytsia in the central part of the country.

As Ukrainian forces assessed the damage, Moldova’s interior ministry said a missile intercepted by Ukrainian air defence had landed in Moldovan territory.

The missile landed in the village of Naslavcea, which is in the very north of Moldova.

The village, right on the border with Ukraine, has the two Ukrainian cities of Chernivsti and Vinnytsia as its closest major hubs in Ukraine, both of which were targeted on Monday by Russian missiles.

There have been no casualties reported, but several buildings have been damaged.

The ministry said in a statement: “So far there are no reported victims, but the windows of several houses in Naslavcea were destroyed.”

Journalist Isobel Kushiw, reporting from Ukraine, called the incident “the first spillover since the war began”.

Earlier this month, the Moldovan government accused Moscow of violating its airspace with missile attacks destined for Ukrainian territory.

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Foreign Minister Nicu Popescu wrote on Twitter that Russian cruise missiles launched across the Black Sea “crossed Moldova’s airspace”, adding: “I instructed that Russia’s ambassador be summoned to provide an explanation.”

He added on Twitter on Monday morning: “Moldova condemns in strongest possible terms Russia’s continued aggression against Ukraine.

“The appalling strikes on critical infrastructure reverberate beyond Ukraine’s borders and pose a direct threat to Moldova’s energy – and human – security.”

He said the missile had landed in Moldova after being fired at Ukraine’s Dnipro Hydroelectric power plant in Zaporizhzhia.

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Moldova, a former Soviet state, has close ties with Western countries and applied for EU membership status within days of the Kremlin launching its invasion of Ukraine in February.

Moldova has a small region, Transnistria, which is considered a breakaway area closely aligned with Russia.

Earlier this month, NATO’s deputy secretary-general said he valued “Moldova for its contributions to international security”, and emphasised “NATO’s commitment to deepening its partnership with [Moldovan capital] Chișinău”.

On Monday morning, Moscow unleashed a series of missile attacks on various cities across Ukraine, wiping out power and water supplies for swathes of people, according to Ukrainian authorities.

Ukraine’s air command said the country’s defence systems had shot down 44 out of 50 cruise missiles as air raid sirens across the country warned residents to take shelter.

Oleksiy Kuleba, the governor of Kyiv, said one person had been confirmed dead as Kyiv mayor, Vitaliy Klitschko, said 80 percent of residents in the capital have lost access to water supplies.

Around 350,000 homes do not have electricity, he added.



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