Car rams Russian Embassy gate in Romania, driver dead

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Car rams Russian Embassy gate in Romania, driver dead

BUCHAREST, Romania — A car crashed into the gate of the Russian Embassy in the Romanian capital early Wednesday, bursting into flames and killing the driver, police said.

The sedan rammed into the gate at about 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 ran through the area.

According to police, firefighters who arrived at the scene were able to put the fire out but the driver died at the scene.

There was no immediate information on a possible motive or other details. Russia’s embassy in Bucharest told The Associated Press in a telephone call that it could not yet provide any details about the incident.

Romania, which shares a long land border with Ukraine, has taken in more than 600,000 refugees since Russia invaded its neighbor.

Since the war started Feb. 24, protesters have gathered outside Russia’s embassy in the capital to call an end to the Russian aggression.

Emergency workers are seen at the scene of the fiery crash in Bucharest.
Emergency workers are seen at the scene of the fiery crash in Bucharest.
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On Tuesday, Romania ordered 10 diplomats from the embassy expelled following a string of expulsions of Russian officials across the 27-nation European Union.

Romania’s Foreign Ministry said the actions of 10 embassy workers, who have been declared persona non grata, “contravene the provisions of the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relationships.”

Earlier this week, Romania expelled 10 Russian diplomats from the country.
Earlier this week, Romania expelled 10 Russian diplomats from the country.
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The incident comes days after Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky addressed Romania’s parliament Monday, when he labeled the slaying of civilians in the town of Bucha a “war crime” and called for tougher sanctions against Russia.

Before Zelensky’s address, Romania’s President of the Chamber of Deputies, Marcel Ciolacu, said that the “horrible images” that emerged after Russian troops withdrew from Bucha have “overwhelmed and revolted us all.”

Authorities have not released details about the possible motive of the driver.
Authorities have not released details about the possible motive of the driver.
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