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Ukraine's air defence insists it detected 2 Russian missiles flying over Romania

Friday, 10 February 2023, 13:31
Ukraine's air defence insists it detected 2 Russian missiles flying over Romania

The Ukrainian Air Force is awaiting input from its international partners, but insists that, according to Ukrainian radar intelligence, two Russian missiles launched at Ukraine on 10 February entered the airspace of Moldova and Romania.

Source: Yurii Ihnat, spokesman for Ukraine’s Air Force, during a special briefing on 10 February

Quote: "We have radar data and objective monitoring tools. Of course, NATO member states have also been monitoring this situation. I am concerned that there will be evidence to confirm this [data from surveillance systems and radars – ed.]. We are waiting for the provision of data on where these missiles [one or more] actually flew. According to our data, two Kalibr missiles were observed by radar."


Details: Ihnat noted that this is not the first time Russia has used the airspace of other states for such provocations. The territory of Moldova has been used at least three times to strike Ukraine’s west and centre. This time, the territory of another state, moreover, a NATO member state, was affected.


  • Valerii Zaluzhnyi, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, said that during the massive attack on 10 February, two Russian Kalibr cruise missiles crossed Romanian airspace.
  • According to him, at approximately 10:33, these missiles crossed Romanian airspace. After this, the said air targets re-entered Ukrainian airspace where the borders of the three states meet.
  • The Ministry of Defence of Moldova later confirmed the violation of the airspace of Moldova at 10:18. The missile flew over the village of Mokra (Rybnytsky District, Transnistria) and then over Kosautsy (Sorok District).
  • At the same time, the Romanian Ministry of Defence stated that the Russian missile had never crossed Romanian airspace.
  • According to the Romanian Defence Ministry, the closest point of the target's trajectory to Romanian airspace was detected by radar systems about 35 kilometres northeast of the border.

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