Romania's defense minister, Angel Tilvar, has confirmed that parts of a Russian drone may have fallen on Romanian territory after it had targeted a Ukrainian port on the River Danube, which runs along the border between the two countries.
Tilvar spoke with CNN’s Romanian affiliate A3CNN while visiting the area Wednesday.
“We have covered a very large area, including the area that has been publicly discussed, and I confirm that in this area pieces that may be from a drone were found,” he told reporters in Tulcea. The wreckage will be taken for further analysis.
The defense ministry had initially denied reports earlier this week that parts of a Russian drone had fallen on the Romanian side of the Danube.
Ukraine's Danube ports have come under heavy and prolonged Russian bombardment in recent weeks, as Moscow targets Ukraine's grain storage facilities and infrastructure after allowing the Black Sea grain deal to lapse in July.
Many of the strikes have landed just across the border from Romania, a NATO member. Romania's defense ministry condemned an attack earlier this week “in the strongest possible terms,” calling it “unjustified and in deep contradiction with the rules of international humanitarian law.”
There were further drone attacks on the Ukrainian side of the river in the early hours of Wednesday, one of them killing an agricultural worker, according to a Ukrainian official.
Editor's note: The headline and first line of this post have been updated to better characterize officials' statements.