Moldova strongly condemns second Russian drone wreckage discovery near Ukraine


On 5 April, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Moldova strongly condemned the discovery of a combat drone’s wreckage yesterday in the south of the country near the border with Ukraine. The drone, identified as Geran-2 which is the Russian designation for the Iranian HESA Shahed 136 kamikaze drone, was found near the village of Etulia in the Vulcanesti district, approximately 500 meters from the Ukrainian border.

Previously, there also were several incidents where at least five Russian Shahed drones crashed in nearby Romania over a few months during air attacks on southwestern Ukraine’s Odesa Oblast.

We strongly condemn the re-discovery of the wreckage of a military drone used by Russia during the attack on Ukraine. The previous incident occurred only two months ago,” the Moldovan Foreign Ministry stated on X, expressing solidarity with Ukraine in the ongoing Russo-Ukrainian war.

Moldovan border police discovered the wreckage of a drone labeled “Geran-2” approximately 500 meters from the Ukrainian border in southern Moldova on the afternoon of 4 April, following a Russian nighttime drone attack on Ukraine.

Shahed-136 fragments and a crater at the drone’s crash site in Moldova discovered on 4 April 2024. Photo: Telegram/Poliția de Frontieră a Republicii Moldova

The previous drone crash incident occurred overnight on 10 February near Odesa Oblast’s Izmail district, which is adjacent to Moldova As reported by Ukrinform, on 11 February, Moldovan border police found fragments of a Shahed-type unmanned aerial vehicle near the village of Etulia in the Vulcanesti district, close to the border with Ukraine.

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