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Raw: [Russian drones have been hitting Ukrainian port facilities on the border with Nato member Romania.] Ukraine war: Romania reveals Russian drone parts hit its territory – BBC NewsBBC HomepageSkip to contentAccessibility HelpYour accountHomeNewsSportReelWorklifeTravelFutureMore menuMore menuSearch BBCHomeNewsSportReelWorklifeTravelFutureCultureMusicTVWeatherSoundsClose menuBBC NewsMenuHomeWar in UkraineClimateVideoWorldUS & CanadaUKBusinessTechScienceMoreEntertainment & ArtsHealthIn PicturesBBC VerifyWorld News TVNewsbeatWorldAfricaAsiaAustraliaEuropeLatin AmericaMiddle EastUkraine war: Romania reveals Russian drone parts hit its territoryPublished8 hours agoShareclose panelShare pageCopy linkAbout sharingRelated TopicsRussia-Ukraine warImage source, EPAImage caption, Russia has been hitting Ukraine's port facilities along the River Danube for more than a monthBy Sarah RainsfordEastern Europe correspondentRomania's defence minister has said that remains of a drone used in a Russian attack on a Ukrainian port have been found on Romanian territory.His comments follow two days of him and other senior officials "categorically" denying any cross-border incident.Ukraine had insisted it had evidence of the explosion.Romania's president says the attack, which the defence ministry is investigating, would be a serious violation of Romania's sovereignty.An attack on Romania, which is a member of Nato, would be "completely inadmissible", Klaus Iohannis said.On Monday, Ukraine's foreign ministry had reported that Shahed drones "fell and detonated" in Romania on Sunday night after the latest Russian attack on the Ukrainian port of Izmail. It called the incident further proof of the "huge threat" posed by Moscow to Ukraine's neighbours. Now Romania's Defence Minister, Angel Tilvar, has visited the Danube Delta region close to the border with Ukraine and announced that several pieces of a drone had been found.An investigation is now under way and the fragments are being analysed to determine whether they come from a Russian weapon.Zelensky condemns 'deliberate' attack on 'peaceful city'Russia's new tactic for cutting off Ukraine's grainUkraine punches through key Russian line, generals claimRebutting Kyiv's assertions became difficult after Ukraine's Foreign Minister Dmitro Kuleba announced publicly that he had photographic evidence of the incident.He said it was "absolutely obvious" what had happened and that there was "no point in denying it".The incident has brought angry reaction from Romanian commentators who want to know why the government denied an attack so quickly and unequivocally and suspect an attempted cover-up."It is because you still live with the mindset of 30 years ago, when nothing existed that the 'great ruler' did not want? Or was it just sheer stupidity?" defence analyst Andrei Luca Popescu asked, referring to the era of Communist rule.Very real danger He added that while it was sensible not to panic the population, it was also pointless to lie in the days of geolocation and the internet. "We will not trigger Nato's Article 5 for this," he said, referring to the agreement that an armed attack on one member is an attack on all."But we are facing a war on our border, where the danger of collateral damage is very real and likely."Russia has been hitting Ukraine's port facilities along the River Danube for several weeks after pulling out of a deal to allow Ukraine to export its grain via the Black Sea.The port of Izmail, across the Danube from Romanian territory, was hit again in the early hours of Wednesday, leaving one person dead.Odesa regional military administration head Oleh Kiper said the man killed was an agricultural worker and that port and grain facilities were damaged.Romanian officials are not explaining their previous vehement denials of the drone incident, although the defence minister is taking the blame for "misinforming" the country's president. The minister insisted in an interview on Romanian TV that the remains which had been found presented no threat.He added that the authorities were on high alert and would take extra measures to secure the airspace. "We will have more observation points, more patrols." It is not entirely clear whether the drone was shot down, and fragments landed in Romania, or whether it crashed on the Romanian side of the border.The Romanian defence ministry previously said it had been monitoring the situation in Ukraine and on the border in real time."At no point did the means of attack used by the Russian Federation generate direct military threats to the national territory or the territorial waters of Romania," the ministry said in an earlier statement.It is not the first incident to spark fears of the war in Ukraine escalating beyond its western border.Image source, ReutersImage caption, Two people were killed when fragments of a Ukrainian air defence missile landed in PolandIn November last year, when two Polish farmers were killed near the village of Przewodow, initial reports – including from Kyiv – blamed a Russian missile.It was later determined that the men were killed by falling fragments of a missile fired by Ukraine's air defence systems, shooting down a Russian missile.Then in April this year, there was embarrassment for the Polish government when a Russian missile was discovered in a Polish forest after apparently lying undetected for several months.Officials hurriedly made clear that it appeared to be a decoy and contained no explosive, but they could never explain how it crossed the border undetected.Related TopicsRussia-Ukraine warRussiaRomaniaUkraineMore on this storyRussia's new tactic for cutting off Ukraine's grainPublished16 AugustWhat was the Ukraine grain deal?Published9 hours agoRussia’s kamikaze drones raining down on UkrainePublished30 AugustTop StoriesScientists grow whole model of human embryoPublished8 hours agoProsecutors want to indict Hunter Biden this monthPublished2 hours agoThe YouTube star killed by her fatherPublished23 hours agoloadingFeaturesPalestinians set out terms for Saudi-Israeli dealSlums hidden as India puts on its best face for G20The YouTube star killed by her fatherStarfield creator defends long video gamesLies fuel racism ahead of historic Australia voteThe million-dollar hustle changing US sportClimate change and crocodiles in a Kenyan lakeUkraine’s cyber-teams duel with Russians on front linesWorry at antibiotics overuse at India's Kumbh MelaElsewhere on the BBCFive of the best countries for expats in 2023How bad skin influences ageIs Hollywood self-destructing?Most Read1US man stopped in 'hamster wheel' ocean crossing2Scientists grow whole model of human embryo3Security lapse let killer 'crab walk' out of US jail4Biden honours Vietnam pilot who disregarded order5Trump suffers loss in E Jean Carroll defamation case6Lee could become 'extremely dangerous' hurricane7The YouTube star killed by her father8Terror suspect escapes prison by hiding under van9Prosecutors want to indict Hunter Biden this month10Palestinians set out terms for Saudi-Israeli dealBBC News ServicesOn your mobileOn smart speakersGet news alertsContact BBC NewsHomeNewsSportReelWorklifeTravelFutureCultureMusicTVWeatherSoundsTerms of UseAbout the BBCPrivacy PolicyCookiesAccessibility HelpParental GuidanceContact the BBCGet Personalised NewslettersWhy you can trust the BBCAdvertise with us© 2023 BBC. 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