President of Bulgaria Mr. Roumen Radev, one of nine heads of state from the Bucharest Nine, strongly condemned the Russian missile attack on Kyiv in a joint statement supported by presidents of North Macedonia and Montenegro. He stated that Russia once again committed a war crime by violating international law. The presidents of Romania, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Slovakia, and Bulgaria all signed the declaration on October 11th.
The statement said, “We demand that Russia immediately cease bombing civilian targets on behalf of our states. We won’t give up trying to prosecute those guilty of the crimes of today. We recall that crimes against humanity and war crimes are not subject to any statute of limitations and are subject to the jurisdiction of tribunals across the globe. It is unacceptable to threaten other nations with nuclear weapons, and we reiterate our dedication to safeguarding our friends and nationalities”.
Sergiy Kyslytsya, Ukraine’s ambassador, stated that during the day’s numerous attacks on Ukrainian cities, about 84 missiles and nearly two dozen drones specifically targeted civilians and civilian infrastructure, including schools, universities, and museums. He added that the United States will continue to assist Bulgaria by providing weapons, equipment and economic support.
The Bulgarian foreign ministry also criticised Russia for attacking Ukrainian civilians by messaging on Twitter, ” Assault over civilian is a war crime. The world must act immediately against it. It’s not the first time Russia targeted civilian Ukrainian regions. Since the war began, Russia attempted collateral damage in the regions of Kyiv, Dnipro, Ivano Frankivsk, Kharkiv, Khmelnytsky, Kirovohrad, Lviv, Mykolaiv, Sumy, Ternopil, Vinnitsya Zaporizhzhia, and Zhytomyr”.
Josep Borrell, Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, sent his sympathies to the Ukrainian people and to the victims and families of the Russian missile attacks. He said, “These are terrible and cowardly assaults on civilian infrastructures, such as houses, streets, parks, and other public areas, which target defenceless observers travelling to work and school in the morning traffic. This is what you can expect from a country like Russia”.