Bulgaria's Defense Minister says he assumes a drone that washed up on his country's shores is "related to the war that Russia launched against Ukraine," but added it was not possible to say conclusively whose drone it was and where it had come from.
A team was on-site in Tyulenovo early Monday morning after the drone was found the previous evening, Teodor Tagarev told CNN affiliate Nova TV. Tyulenovo lies on the Black Sea, more than 200 kilometers (about 130 miles) south of Ukraine.
The drone, which he speculated had possibly fallen into the water before being washed ashore, had carried an 82 mm high-explosive mortar. Video on the Reuters news agency showed the explosives later being detonated by army officials.
The minister said he did not know how long the drone had lain undiscovered, but said it was not the first such remnant of the war to turn up outside the conflict’s borders.
"There are already cases of fallen remains of drones and other ammunitions. We have no reason to think that this war will bypass us," Tagarev said.