Moldova says missile remnants found in country’s north

CHISINAU, Jan. 14 (Reuters) – The president of Moldova, Ukraine’s western neighbour, on Saturday denounced a new wave of Russian attacks on Ukrainian targets after missile remnants were found just inside the border of the small former Soviet state.

“Russia’s brutal war against Ukraine once again has direct consequences for Moldova. Moldovan border police found missile fragments near the village of Larga in northern Moldova,” President Maia Sandu tweeted.

“We strongly condemn Russia’s intensified attacks today and stand with those who have lost loved ones in Dnipro across Ukraine. Peace must prevail.”

At least 12 people were killed when a rocket hit an apartment building in the central Ukrainian city of Dnipro.

The Moldovan interior ministry said earlier that missile remnants had been found in the north of the country.

Russia did not immediately comment on the report.

Similar incidents in Moldova, which borders Ukraine, have occurred twice before, including in December when police found fragments of a missile that fell in a region of northern Moldova near the border with Ukraine.

Moldovan Prime Minister Natalia Gavrilita denounced the violation of Moldovan airspace, saying in a statement: “There is no political, historical or moral justification for the killing of peaceful residents and attacks on infrastructure.”

The pro-Western Sandu was elected in 2020 and her government has since received significant financial support from the European Union. This week, the delivery of German armored vehicles for the country’s armed forces was announced.

Reporting by Alexander Tanas; Edited by David Holmes, Ron Popeski and Jonathan Oatis

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