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Romanian FM called Russia's attacks on Danube ports war crimes

Oct 2, 2023

Russia's attacks against Ukraine's civilian infrastructure, including ports on the Danube near the border with Romania, are war crimes.

This was stated by Romanian Foreign Minister Luminița Odobescu in a commentary to the media before a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Kyiv, according to Yevropeiska Pravda.


Odobescu reminded that some of the Ukrainian ports that are regularly subjected to Russian air attacks are located close to Romania's territory on the other side of the Danube and that the wreckage of Russian attack drones has already been found in the country.

"Russian attacks against civilian infrastructure, including ports on the Danube, very close to the Romanian border are war crimes. What Russia is doing next to our border undermines the Ukrainian economy, food security, including at the global level, and civilian navigation in the Black Sea," the Romanian Foreign Minister emphasized.

She also added that the country will continue to help Ukraine with grain transit and noted that up to 25 million tons of grain have been transported through the "solidarity routes" in Romania so far.

"We are working closely with the government of Ukraine, the European Commission, and partners to increase transit capacity from 2 to 3-4 million tons by the end of the year," Odobescu said.

As a reminder, the nighttime attack by Shaheds on 26 September targeted the port and border infrastructure of the Odesa region. Among others, the attack resulted in damage to the Orlivka-Isaccea ferry crossing between Ukraine and Romania.

Author – Anastasiya Glotova, 02/10/2023

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