Ukraine Accuses Russia of Hitting Romania with Drones

( – Russian forces recently carried out an attack on Ukrainian port facilities situated along the Danube River, which were primarily utilized for food exports. Some drones allegedly struck NATO member, Romania.

Ukraine’s Air Force reported that 25 drones were deployed in overnight assaults targeting the Odesa region, with 22 of them successfully intercepted. According to a regional military spokesperson, two individuals sustained injuries in the strikes. The attack inflicted damage to port infrastructure, leading to a fire that was rapidly brought under control.

While the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry claimed at least one Russian drone detonated on the territory of Romania, the Romanian defense minister denied that the country was hit and stated the accusation was untrue.

Russia’s Ministry of Defense clarified that the objective of the operation was to target fuel storage facilities in Ukraine’s Reni port, which were vital for supplying Ukraine’s military. They asserted that the operation achieved its goals, with “all assigned targets neutralized.”

An aide to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Andriy Yermak, accused the Kremlin of attempting to incite a food crisis through these attacks. Yermak conveyed this concern via the messaging app Telegram, stating that Russia only attacks the naval ports because they want to start a “global food crisis”.

These airstrikes are part of Russia’s recent efforts to hit Ukrainian naval targets since the end of the grain deal. Russia dropped out after the deal expired in July and did not seek renewal. Turkey is currently taking steps to renew the deal.

The drone strikes occurred on Sunday, September 3, a day before the scheduled discussion between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Erdogan played a pivotal role in negotiating the original grain agreement. The revival of a grain export agreement was supposed to be the main reason for the meeting of the two leaders.

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