Espreso. Global

Russian attacks on southern ports near Romania's border labeled as war crimes by Romania's Foreign Minister

2 October, 2023 Monday
14:14

Romanian Foreign Minister Luminița Odobescucriticized Russia's regular air attacks on Ukraine's southern ports bordering her country and called Russia's actions war crimes.

client/title.list_title

She specifically referred to these actions as war crimes, as reported by European Pravda.

Odobescu pointed out that some of these Ukrainian ports, which have been targeted by Russian air attacks, are situated in close proximity to Romania, on the opposite side of the Danube River. She highlighted that remnants of Russian attack drones have even been discovered in Romania.

"The Russian attacks on civilian infrastructure, including ports along the Danube near the Romanian border, constitute war crimes. Russia's activities near our border undermine Ukraine's economy, global food security, and civil navigation in the Black Sea," she emphasized.

Odobescu also affirmed that Romania will continue to support Ukraine in the transit of grain. According to her, "solidarity roads" in Romania have facilitated the transportation of up to 25 million tons of products.

"We are working closely with the Ukrainian government, the European Commission, and our partners to increase transit capacity from 2 to 3-4 million tons by the end of the year," she stated.

Additionally, she expressed hope that negotiations for Ukraine's accession to the EU would commence by the end of 2023.

The 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.

On Wednesday, September 6, Minister Angel Tilvar confirmed that a team from the Ministry of National Defence had found suspected pieces of a Russian drone in Romania.

Romania promptly informed NATO about the discovered fragments, which appeared similar to Russian military drones. NATO expressed support and closely monitored the situation.

On September 12, it was reported that Romania's Ministry of Defense had initiated the construction of a shelter for the local population in the village of Plauru, near Izmail, Ukraine.

Additionally, Romania decided to relocate air defense equipment closer to the border.

Romania's Ministry of Foreign Affairs strongly protested against Russia for the drone debris falling on its territory. The Russian Ambassador was summoned, and consultations with NATO were initiated.

Romania's Deputy Chief of Defense Staff announced that the Romanian military was prepared to shoot down Russian drones if necessary. Romania had deployed approximately 600 military personnel and radar systems in the Danube Delta region. President Klaus Iohannis emphasized that the Russian UAV attacks were not targeted at Romania but deemed them unacceptable.

On September 26, the Orlivka border crossing point with Romania ceased operations due to Russian strikes in the Izmail district of Odesa. During the attack, a bus with children was present, and civilian infrastructure at the checkpoint sustained damage, including the destruction of nearly 30 international trucks, six of which were completely incinerated.

Additionally, on the evening of Friday, September 29, Russian attack UAVs were launched against Ukraine. These Shaheds moved from the Black Sea to Odesa and also targeted an infrastructure site in the neighboring Vinnytsia region. During this attack, the radar surveillance system detected a potential violation of Ukraine's airspace, which was confirmed by Romania's Ministry of Defense.

Tags:
Read also:
  • News
2024, Thursday
13 June
10:37
Britain to announce $309 million aid for Ukraine at G7 summit
10:17
Russia plans to interfere in US presidential election using AI – US intelligence
09:58
F-16 US Department of Defense
Ukraine aims to weaken Russian air defense ahead of receiving F-16s – ISW
09:35
Russia loses 980 soldiers, 17 tanks and 34 artillery systems in one day of war in Ukraine
2024, Wednesday
12 June
21:55
Exclusive
Dangerous even after being shot down: expert on Russia's modified cruise missiles
21:40
Review
Victorious news of 840th day of war: intelligence confirms two Russian Su-57s hit, Ukraine may receive first F-16s this summer
21:23
Russia plans to "re-educate" 5,000 schoolkids in summer camps in occupied Luhansk region
20:58
Exclusive
Hate, manipulation, and “pain points”: media expert on how Russian propaganda works
20:27
Ukraine forces destroy rare Russian Zoopark radar
19:56
Exclusive
Peace Summit aims to make distant countries realize that war threatens them as well - diplomat
19:30
We enter period of potential nuclear destruction, and it's not Russia's fault: foreign fakes for June 12
19:02
Updated
Russian missile strike on Kryvyi Rih kills 8, injures 21
18:49
Exclusive
Russian troops forced to move their headquarters further away from frontline - Ukrainian major
18:27
Rheinmetall to start producing Lynx infantry fighting vehicles in Ukraine in 2024
18:06
Felix and Me, based on novel by military Artem Chekh, is available on Netflix
17:47
Russia's war makes strokes in Ukraine 10-15 years younger - Health Minister Liashko
17:28
Film featuring Mystetskyi Arsenal team, singer ONUKA wins Emmy Award
17:09
Ukrainian army destroys Russian S-300, S-400 radars in occupied Crimea
16:50
Russia's Central Bank's frozen assets to work in Ukraine's favor: EU and G7 prepare new decision
16:29
Russia may have broken through to Chasiv Yar suburb - British intelligence
16:04
Exclusive
ECtHR begins hearings in "Ukraine and Netherlands v. Russia" on human rights violations
15:46
Ukrainian forces deny Russian claim of capturing Miasozharivka village
15:26
Hurgary's Orban says he will not block NATO's decision on Ukraine
15:02
Exclusive
June 5-12 live war map: Donetsk front crisis and clearing sky over Crimea
14:26
Ukraine’s Commander-in-Chief names frontline areas where Russia concentrates its main efforts
13:56
Exclusive
Bolstering Ukraine's air defense: how many air defense systems Ukraine can get
13:35
Two Indians recruited by Russia killed in war in Ukraine
13:17
Netherlands to deliver first F-16s to Ukraine this summer - Defense Minister Ollongren
12:59
Exclusive
Ukrainian army destroys 2 rare Russian Tyulpan mortars in eastern direction
12:39
Review
Germany's consistency in bolstering Ukraine's air defense, deja vu after Rheinmetall CEO's statement. Serhiy Zgurets' column
12:13
U.S. Biden approves second Patriot air defense system for Ukraine
11:35
ISW explains why Russia accuses Ukraine and NATO of terrorism
11:14
Ukraine finds Starlink alternative to target Crimea waters - Commander Sukharevskyi
10:58
Norway to allocate EUR 240 million for Ukraine's air defense
10:37
US announces new sanctions against "Russian war machine"
10:15
Man attacks Ukrainian woman with knife in Germany, 19-year-old Afghan man suspected
09:58
Russia attacks Ukraine with Shaheds and missiles at night, injuring civilians
09:38
Infographics
Russia loses 980 soldiers, 9 tanks and 46 artillery systems in one day of war in Ukraine
2024, Tuesday
11 June
22:15
Review
Victorious news of 839th day of war: Russian EW system destroyed, Germany, Italy supply air defense aid to Ukraine
21:57
Updated
Germany to supply third Patriot battery, 100 missiles to Ukraine
More news