Romania found a “drone crater” on Thursday near the country’s border with Ukraine after Russia bombarded a Ukrainian port on the Danube river, the defence ministry said.

Since exiting a deal allowing safe grain shipments via the Black Sea, Moscow has ramped up strikes on Ukraine’s southern regions, home to vital grain exporting infrastructure.

NATO member Romania last month found drone debris several times near its border with Ukraine, leading to the construction of air-raid shelters in the eastern Romanian village of Plauru.

“Around 5:00 am, the teams on the ground reported the discovery of a drone crater -- with a possible explosion on impact -- in a vegetated area... about three kilometres (two miles) west of Plauru,” the ministry said in a statement.


It said Romania would work together with NATO to investigate the incident.

“The Ministry of National Defence strongly condemns the attacks carried out by the Russian Federation against targets and elements of civilian infrastructure in Ukrainian Danube ports,” the statement said.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Tuesday held talks on security and grain with Romanian counterpart Klaus Iohannis during his first visit to Romania since the Russian invastion of his country. 

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