Romania moves air defense closer to Ukraine's border - Reuters
Given Russia's frequent shelling of Ukraine's territories bordering Romania, the NATO country's authorities have decided to move air defense systems closer to the border.
Reuters writes about this with reference to high-ranking defense sources.
Two of the agency's interlocutors claim that Romania is moving air defenses closer to its villages on the Danube, across the river from Ukraine, where Russian drones have been attacking grain complexes, and adding more military observation posts and patrols in the area.
"The measures, along with the deployment of four additional U.S. F-16 fighter jets and an expanded no-fly zone, are a sign of growing concern in Romania and the broader NATO alliance that the Ukraine war could spill over into its territory," the newspaper writes.
Romania has already built two bomb shelters on the border with Ukraine and is sending out alerts to its citizens. At the same time, the authorities acknowledge that poor mobile communications limit the effectiveness of the warnings.
What happened before
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.
Romania has notified the North Atlantic Alliance of fragments found on its territory that look like a Russian army drone. NATO expressed support and said it was following the developments.
On 12 September, it became known that the Romanian Ministry of Defence had begun to build shelters for the population in the village of Plauru, located near Ukrainian Izmail.