CHISINAU, Moldova ( Associated Press) — Moldovan border agents have found remnants of a missile “resulting from Russian airstrikes against Ukraine” in a northern Moldovan village near the border with Ukrainian territory, Moldovan officials said.
The Moldovan Interior Ministry said in a statement that fragments of the missile were found in the village of Larga in Briseni district, and a bomb squad was dispatched to the area, which has been cordoned off.
The ministry did not say when or by whom the missile was fired. Photos of the wreckage posted on the ministry’s Facebook page showed tangled sections of electrical wires and some sort of missile casing in the middle of the field.
Moldovan Prime Minister Natalia Gabrilita on Saturday condemned Russia’s latest attacks on Ukraine and expressed her indignation after the “new invasion of our airspace today” following a “lack of respect for the sovereignty of the Republic of Moldova”.
“There is neither political, historical, nor moral justification for killing civilians and attacking the infrastructure that guarantees a population’s survival,” he said.
This was the third incident of its kind and caused alarm in Moldova, which is not part of the European Union or NATO. In late October, a Russian missile landed in the border town of Naslavsi, and last month the remains of another missile were found in an orchard in another town near the Ukrainian border.
The Moldovan Interior Ministry said in a statement that it had strengthened patrols along its border because of the conflict in neighboring Ukraine.