Radar detects possible violation of Romania's airspace during Russia's attack on Ukraine
The Romanian Ministry of Defense has confirmed that during the latest Russian attack on Odesa region on the night of September 30, a radar surveillance system detected a possible violation of the country's airspace
It is noted that during another Russian attack on Ukrainian ports on the Danube, an air alert was declared for residents of Tulcea and Galati counties, which are located near the Ukrainian cities of Izmail and Reni.
"The Romanian army's radar surveillance systems detected a possible unauthorized entry into the country's airspace, the signal was detected on the way to the city of Galati," the statement reads.
Residents of the area say they saw something falling from the sky and then heard fighter jets at low altitude. Investigators have established the coordinates where the corresponding radar signal was recorded, the area is currently isolated.
At the same time, no objects that fell from the airspace in the country have been detected so far. The Ministry of Defense reported that the search is ongoing.
Consequences of Russian shelling for Romania
On the night of September 3-4, Russia carried out a massive strike on southern Ukraine with Iranian ‘kamikaze’ drones. According to Ukrainian border guards, some of the drones crashed and exploded on the territory of Romania, a NATO member state. Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said that there was photographic evidence of the drones crashing in Romania.
The Romanian Foreign Ministry stated that the drone attacks carried out by the Russian Federation did not pose a direct military threat to our national territory or territorial waters.
Romania has informed NATO of fragments found on its territory that look like a Russian army drone. The Alliance expressed support and said it was following the developments.
On September 12, it was reported that the Romanian Ministry of Defense began to build shelters for the population in the village of Plauru, located near Ukrainian Izmail. In addition, the NATO country's authorities decided to move air defense assets closer to the border.
The Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed a strong protest to Russia over the drone debris entering the country and summoned the Russian ambassador and consulted with NATO.
Later, Romanian Deputy Chief of Defense Staff Heorhica Vlad said that the army was ready to shoot down Russian drones if necessary. Romania has deployed about 600 troops and radar systems in the Danube Delta region. And President Klaus Iohannis said that the attacks by Russian UAVs are not directed against the country, but the incidents themselves are unacceptable.
On September 26, the Orlivka border crossing point with Romania was closed due to Russian strikes on the Izmail district of Odesa region. At the time of the attack, there was a bus with children there. In addition, the civilian infrastructure of the checkpoint was damaged, including many civilians, international traffic, and almost 30 trucks, six of which burned down completely.
It should be added that on the evening of Friday, September 29, Russia launched attack UAVs at Ukraine. The drones were moving to Odesa region from the Black Sea. In addition, an infrastructure facility in the neighboring Vinnytsia region was hit.