Romania Plans to Investigate After Russian Drone Wreckage Found on its Territory
Romanian President Klaus Iohannis has called for an immediate "professional investigation" into the discovery of drone wreckage on the country's territory.
This was reported by Digi24.
"If it is confirmed that these elements come from a Russian unmanned aircraft, such a situation would be absolutely unacceptable and a serious violation of Romania's sovereignty and territorial integrity, as a NATO ally",- Iohannis stated.
The previous day, the Minister of Defense of Romania, Angel Tilvar, confirmed the discovery of parts of a Russian combat drone on Romanian territory in an interview with Antena 3 CNN. According to government officials, in the region of Plauru, located on the border with Ukraine, several parts of the Russian combat drone were found.
Furthermore, the minister emphasized that due to these events, Romania would need to "strengthen security measures."
"It was evident that there was a series of attacks within a fairly short period, which Russia carried out on Ukrainian ports and warehouses, so I consider it important to enhance security measures. We will have more observation points and patrols," Tilvar stated.
Recalling that on the night of September 4, the Russian Federation launched another terrorist attack in southern Ukraine, resulting in damage to warehouse and production buildings and a fire on the premises of civilian objects, all caused by the "Shahed-136" drones. In total, Russian forces launched 32 drones that night, but the Ukrainian air defense managed to destroy 23 UAVs.
Subsequently, the spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Oleg Nikolenko, reported that during the massive attack on Odesa, a Russian "Shahed" drone fell and detonated on the territory of neighboring Romania.
The Ministry of Defense of Romania denied information about the drones falling on its territory, stating, "The responsible structures of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine continuously monitored the situation arising from the attacks of Russian unmanned aircraft last night, as well as on Saturday night, against the infrastructure from the area of Ukrainian ports on the Danube. At no time did the means of attack used by the Russian Federation pose a direct military threat to our national territory or the territorial waters of Romania," as mentioned in their statement.
However, on the same day, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Dmytro Kuleba, announced that the Ukrainian side possessed photographic evidence of the Russian UAV's fall on Romanian territory and expressed readiness to share them if necessary.
As previously reported by The Gaze, such incidents have occurred before. At the beginning of August, there were already reports in the media that Russian drones had crossed Romania's airspace and exploded in a forest near the town of Tulcea. However, at that time, the Romanian side "found no evidence" of this incident.
Moreover, since the beginning of the Russian-Ukrainian war, Russian drones and missiles have been falling on the territory of Poland, Moldova and even Croatia.