“The Republic of Estonia regards Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism and the international community must do the same,” Reinsalu said in a statement.
“Missiles have struck and continue to strike playgrounds, homes and other sites that have no military or military purpose. The purpose of this type of attack from Russia is terror – to destroy innocent people and cause as much destruction as possible.”
Missiles hit Kyiv, Zaporizhzhia, Dnipro, Lviv and several other areas this morning, killing and injuring civilians. It was the first attack on the capital for several months.
The minister called for sending more defense aid to Ukraine ‘immediately’ and said there should be ‘no delay’ in setting up an international tribunal to hold Russia accountable for its war of aggression.
“Ukraine has our unwavering support,” he said.
Last week, the Riigikogu Foreign Affairs Committee announced plans to issue a statement calling Russia a “terrorist regime”. Chairman Marko Mihkelson (Reform) said the document would be ready this week.
Karis: Ukrainian children forced to sleep as missiles hit their hometowns
Politicians season attacks that took place on Monday and over the weekend in the southern city of Zaporizhzhia
“Think about this when you put your children to bed at night: Ukrainian children are forced to sleep when missiles hit their hometown. Their parents do not know if they have family and a house in the morning. Kyiv and many other cities were affected by Russia’s early morning attack,” President Alar Karis wrote on Monday.
Think about it when you put your children to bed at night: Ukrainian children are forced to sleep when missiles hit their hometown. Their parents do not know if they have family and a house in the morning. Kyiv and several other cities have been hit by #Russiaearly morning attack.
— Alar Karis (@AlarKaris) October 10, 2022
The Foreign Office said: “Russia is waging the war of cowards. Bombing civilians in Kyiv during rush hour is a pathetic and panicked act of terror. Ukraine will win!
— Estonian MAE | #StandWithUkraine (@MFAestonia) October 10, 2022
Marko Mihkelson said: “This morning confirms (again) that Russia is a terrorist state. The world/UN must act accordingly.
This morning confirms (again) that Russia is a terrorist state. The world/UN must act accordingly.
— Marko Mihkelson (@markomihkelson) October 10, 2022
Matti Maasikas, head of EU diplomacy in Ukraine and an Estonian diplomat, tweeted an image from the scene.
Downtown Kyiv right now. pic.twitter.com/hLFFBNvYec
— Matti Maasikas (@MattiMaasikas) October 10, 2022
Estonian Ambassador to Ukraine Kaimo Kuusk said: “F the aggressor!”
— Kaimo Kuusk (@KaimoKuusk) October 10, 2022
This is not just a war, but a crime against humanity
Politicians also condemned attacks on residential buildings in the southern city of Zaporizhzhia on Sunday (October 9th).
Karis sent his condolences to the relatives of the victims.
“This is not just a war, but a crime against humanity, the organizer of which will be punished,” he wrote.
Another attack on the residential area of @Zaporizhzhia. It is not only a war, but a crime against humanity, the organizer of which will be punished. Condolences to the relatives of the victims and to the Ukrainian people.
— Alar Karis (@AlarKaris) October 9, 2022
Prime Minister Kaja Kallas (Reform) said she hoped new air and missile defense systems could be sent to Ukraine in the near future.
— Kaja Kallas (@kajakallas) October 9, 2022
Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu (Isamaa) condemned the attack on Zaporizhzhia “in the strongest sense”.
“The West must increase its defensive aid and increase the cost of this genocidal war for Russia,” he wrote on social media.
The West must increase its defensive aid and increase the cost of this genocidal war for Russia. https://t.co/Qw6tZmxld0
— Urmas Reinsalu (@UrmasReinsalu) October 9, 2022
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