BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A car slammed into the gate of the Russian Embassy in the Romanian capital early Wednesday, catching fire and killing the driver, police said. The sedan crashed into the door around 6 a.m.
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A car slammed into the gate of the Russian Embassy in the Romanian capital early Wednesday, catching fire and killing the driver, police said.
The sedan slammed into the gate around 6 a.m. Wednesday but did not enter the Bucharest embassy compound.
Video of the aftermath showed the car engulfed in flames as security personnel drove through the area.
According to the police, the firefighters who arrived on the scene were able to put out the fire but the driver died on the spot.
There was no immediate information about a possible motive or other details.
In a statement after the incident, the Russian Embassy expressed condolences to the driver’s family.
“We must say with regret that regardless of the driver’s motives,” the statement said. “There is no doubt that he committed this act under the influence of an outburst of anti-Russian hysteria in connection with a staged provocation in the town of Bucha.”
The embassy said no employees were injured.
Romania, which shares a long land border with Ukraine, has taken in more than 600,000 refugees since Russia invaded its neighbour.
Since the start of the war on February 24, protesters have gathered outside the Russian embassy in the capital to call for an end to Russian aggression.
On Tuesday, Romania ordered the expulsion of 10 diplomats from the embassy following a series of expulsions of Russian officials in the 27 countries of the European Union.
The Romanian Foreign Ministry said the actions of 10 embassy employees, who were declared persona non grata, “contravene the provisions of the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations”.
The incident comes days after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy addressed Romania’s parliament on Monday, when he called the killing of civilians in the town of Bucha a ‘war crime’ and called for tougher sanctions. against Russia.
Ahead of Zelenskyy’s speech, Romania’s Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, Marcel Ciolacu, said the “horrific images” that emerged after the withdrawal of Russian troops from Bucha “have overwhelmed and revolted us all”.
The Associated Press