A car rams the door of the Russian embassy in Romania, the driver is dead


A car slammed into the gate of the Russian embassy in the Romanian capital early Wednesday, igniting and killing the driver, police said.

The sedan slammed into the gate around 6 a.m. local time on 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 extinguish the fire but the driver died on the spot.

There was no immediate information about a possible motive or other details. The Russian Embassy in Bucharest told The Associated Press in a phone call that it could not yet provide details of the incident.

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

According to the police, the firefighters who arrived on the scene were able to extinguish the fire but the driver died on the spot. (Octave Ganea / Reuters)

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 Zelensky addressed the Romanian 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 Zelensky’s speech, Romania’s Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, Marcel Ciolacu, said the “horrible images” that emerged after Russian troops withdrew from Bucha had “overwhelmed and revolted us all”.