Romanian President Klaus Iohannis has criticized Moscow's strikes on Ukraine’s river port infrastructure, calling them an “escalation" in the war.
“I strongly condemn the recent Russian attacks against the Ukrainian civilian infrastructure on Danube, very close to Romania,” Iohannis tweeted on Monday.
Romania, a NATO country, shares a border with Ukraine along the Danube River. The Danube, near the area that was struck overnight, is less that one kilometer wide.
“This recent escalation pose[s] serious risks to the security in the Black Sea,” he added. “It also affects further [Ukrainian] grain transit [and] thus the global food security.”
Russia targeted Ukrainian grain stocks overnight, the Ukrainian Army said earlier, days after Moscow withdrew from a crucial grain deal that allowed for the safe export of Ukrainian wheat to international markets — worsening a global food crisis.
Images shared with CNN by a witness on the Romanian side of the Danube show damage to the Ukrainian port of Reni, just across the river. The damage matches images shared by Ukrainian authorities earlier on Monday. In this area, the Danube River is less than 500 meters wide (1,640 feet).
Why this matters: From all available information, CNN believes this to be the closest to NATO territory a Russian-fired weapon has landed since the war began. In March 2022, an attack on the Yavoriv military base – which killed dozens – struck roughly ten miles from the Polish border.
In November last year, two people were killed when a Ukrainian S-300 air defense missile landed in Poland.