Euronews visits the area where the Russian drone allegedly fell in Romania, NATO territory. This Wednesday the NATO Alliance expressed its “firm solidarity” to Bucharest and ensures that it remains in “close contact” with its ally.
Romania admitted this Wednesday that alleged pieces of drones have appeared in the territory of this NATO member country, near the border with Ukraine, and that they could belong to those launched in a Russian attack on the night of Sunday to Monday, which according to the president of the country would be “serious.”
“If the elements found in Romania, a NATO state, are part of Russian drones, we will be facing a completely unacceptable and extremely serious situation,” declared Romanian President Klaus Iohannis today during a conference in Bucharest.
Romanian Defense Minister Angel Tilvar had confirmed shortly before that a team of investigators had found suspicious pieces of metal in the Danube Delta area, near the border with Ukraine.
“We have searched a wide area and yes, I can confirm that in this area we have probably found metal parts of a drone,” Tilvar said.
Euronews visited the area where the alleged drone hit
Maria Moiș, Euronews Romania correspondent:
We are in the exact place where the explosion would have occurred. In fact, the explosion did occur since a crater was left in the area.
The trees are almost charred. There are around 20 trees that are destroyed, they were burned by the flames. The explosion, or whatever would have happened here, seems to have been quite large, because at a distance of several square meters you can see burned vegetation.
We also found a piece of metal that most likely melted as a result of the explosion, which was probably followed by a fire.
It happened from Sunday to Monday. That same Monday, Ukrainian authorities announced that they had information and even evidence that a drone crashed in Romanian territory.
But the Romanian Government discovered this artifact or parts of it only three days after this information became known.
It is very difficult to detect what could have happened here if you are not local. The affected area is near a ravine, if you are driving here or are a simple passerby hiking in the Danube Delta, you might overlook this area, because it is actually in the middle of a forest, but at the same time it is a ravine, because it is on lower ground than the route tourists usually take.
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