Moldova battling against “enormous economic and social damage” caused by Russian invasion of Ukraine

Moldova battling against
Moldova battling against "enormous economic and social damage" caused by Russian invasion of Ukraine. Image: Ducu Rodionoff/

The President of Moldova Maia Sandu has warned of the “enormous economic and social damage” that the war in Russia has brought to her country.

Sandu appeared alongside the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, in a press conference held in Chisinau, the capital of Moldova. 

As reported by Romanian outlet Mediafax, the Moldovan president called for peace in Ukraine, saying that it is “vital for the well-being of the entire continent and it is essential for us here in the Republic of Moldova, where security risks have increased since the beginning of the war”. 

Whilst the impact on energy prices in affecting all European countries, Sandu explained how it was having an even more direct impact on Moldova given its proximity to the conflict. She stated that the ongoing situation was “the worst energy crisis of the last three decades” and added that it was a “crisis in which energy sources are used as weapons aimed at democracy”. 

Moldovan authorities are having to make significant efforts to manage to secure energy resources for the country and to reduce the burden of energy prices on people and the economy. 

Statistics show that Moldovans have made dramatic cuts to their energy usage, with a 57% decrease in gas consumption compared to October 2021 and a reduction of 14% in electricity usage. 

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