“An IAR 330 Puma helicopter of the Romanian Air Force is currently in the vicinity of Nuferu andVictoria. Probable drone fragments are scattered over several tens of meters,” the ministry said.
“Another helicopter carrying drone specialists has been dispatched to the crash site to conduct preliminary investigations and collect samples for further examination.”
This is not the first time Russian drone debris has been discovered in Romania. More wreckage was discovered on Sep. 4, 2.5 kilometers southeast of the Romanian settlement of Plauru, after Russia carried out a massive aerial attack on southern Ukraine.
The Ukrainian Air Force reported that 23 out of 32 suicide drones were shot down that night, with impacts confirmed in Odesa and Dnipropetrovsk oblasts. Russia once again targeted the infrastructure of the Ismail district of Odesa Oblast, which shares a border with Romania.
Initially, Romania’s Ministry of Defense “categorically denied” information about the fall of drone fragments over its territory, stating that the Russian attack “never posed a direct military threat to the national territory or territorial waters of Romania.”
Following this, Ukraine’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dmytro Kuleba, stated that Ukraine had photographic evidence of drones crashing in Romanian territory.
Angel Tîlvăr, Romania’s Minister of National Defense, subsequently acknowledged on Sept. 6 that parts of a drone launched by Russia over Ukraine had fallen on his country’s territory. As a result, Bucharest initiated an investigation and informed NATO command about the incident.
Romania’s President Klaus Iohannis referred to the drone debris as a “serious violation of [Romania’s] sovereignty.”
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