War in Ukraine: Russian night strikes may have violated Romanian airspace

NATO member Romania announced on Saturday that it had detected a possible violation of its airspace during Russia’s nighttime attacks on infrastructure in neighboring Ukraine’s Danube region.

Since July’s withdrawal from a Ukrainian grain export deal via the Black Sea, Moscow has stepped up its attacks on Odesa and Mykolaiv regions in southern Ukraine that have vital infrastructure for grain exports.

After drone crews were detected heading towards Ukrainian territory near the Romanian border“, residents of the towns of Tulcea and Galati were warned, the Romanian Ministry of Defense said in a statement.The Romanian military’s radar surveillance system showed an unauthorized intrusion into national airspace, with a signal detected on the road leading to the city of Galati.The Ministry of Defense said that no objects are known to have fallen within Romanian territory so far.

The search operation was expected to continue on Saturday. At midnight on Friday, residents of Galati and Tulsia, facing the port of Reni in southern Ukraine, were called to shelter on the other side of the Danube. Actions taken during this alert were lifted approximately two hours later. Earlier in September, Romanian soldiers built air raid shelters for residents of the village of Blaru, near the border with Ukraine, where drone debris was found. Since the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, NATO has struggled to avoid the war spilling over into its territory.

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