During the attack on the night of September 3, the Shahed-136 drones fell on the territory of Romania, which is a member of NATO, the spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Oleg Nikolenko reported, stating that the information was obtained from the State Border Guard Service, and the incident itself happened in the vicinity of the Izmail port.
“This serves as another confirmation that russian terrorism poses a significant threat not only to Ukraine’s security but also to neighboring countries, particularly NATO member states,” the statement reads, accompanied by a call to strengthen Ukraine’s air defense for the safety of not only Ukraine but also neighboring states.
It should be noted that, according to the announcement from the Ukrainian Air Force Command, 32 drones were launched from the territory of the currently occupied Crimea and Krasnodar Krai. The targets of the attack were located in the Odesa and Dnipropetrovsk regions. Of the 32 drones, 23 were successfully neutralized by the Ukrainian Air Defence Forces.
In response, the Romanian Ministry of Defense has strongly denied any reports of russian drones crashing on its territory during the night of September 3. They have issued an official statement asserting that “there has never been any direct military threat to Romania’s national territory or territorial waters from the means of attack used by the russian federation”.
Simultaneously, the Romanian Ministry of Defense has implemented “enhanced security measures on land, at sea and in the country’s airspace”. They have emphasized that “russian attacks on civilian targets and infrastructure in Ukraine are unjustified and clearly violate international humanitarian law”.
Given the circumstances, it was highly expected. For instance, on August 2, Romanian citizens living in the border town of Ceatalchioi, near Izmail, had complained of hearing russian drones flying over them, and one of them had reportedly crashed in a forest on the Romanian side of the Danube. At that time, official statements from Bucharest also indicated that they had not verified the incident, and a search team failed to locate any remnants of the drone.