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Russian explosive drone crashes in Romania, NATO doesn’t see attack as intentional

Another Russia’s drone crashed inside the NATO territory, in the area of Grindu in Romania’s Tulcea county, leaving behind a 1.5 m deep crater.
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Ukraine’s Volodymyr Zelenskyy during a video address near one of the downed Shahed-136 drones used by Russia to attack Ukraine, 27 October, 2022. Credit: Presidential Office

Last night, a drone crashed in Romania in the border area with Ukraine, according to the Romanian Ministry of National Defense, Hotnews.ro reports.

The Ministry said the drone crashed in an uninhabited area near Grindu in Romania’s Tulcea county near the border with Ukraine’s Odesa Oblast, which came under massive attack by Russia’s Iranian-made Shahed explosive drones overnight into 14 December.

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Joint [Defense Ministry/Internal Ministry] teams moved to the area during the night and reported this morning that a 1.5 m deep crater was identified as a result of the uncontrolled crash of a drone used in the attack on the Ukrainian port infrastructure, in an uninhabited perimeter about 4 km upstream from Grindu,” the Romania Defense Ministry says.

During the Russian air attack on Ukraine’s Danube river port infrastructure, the Romanian General Inspectorate for Emergency Situations issued an air alert message at 22:45 and lifted the alert around 02:00.

The Ministry of National Defence (MoND) strongly condemns the attacks conducted by the Russian Federation against certain civilian infrastructure facilities and elements in the Ukrainian ports at the Danube. These attacks are unjustified and seriously infringe the rules of international humanitarian law,” the Romanian Defense Ministry wrote.

Since the beginning of September, four other drones have crashed on Romanian territory on the border with Ukraine.

Update:

NATO Spokesperson Dylan White wrote on Twitter that NATO condemns the Russian attacks on Ukraine but does not have information that the Russia’s attack on the NATO territory was intentional:

A Russian drone incursion into Ukrainian airspace breached NATO airspace over Romania during the night, prompting a response from German Eurofighters, as reported by German news channel ntv on 14 December. Despite visual confirmation of Russian aircraft by German crews, there was no NATO directive to engage or shoot them down. Preliminary data indicates that one drone exploded over Romania during the incident.

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