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Romania Defuses Mine Drifting Near Its Black Sea Shore

A naval mine is seen in the Black Sea, Bulgaria, in this handout image released on July 1, 2022. Bulgarian Ministry of Defence/Handout via REUTERS

Romania Defuses Mine Drifting Near Its Black Sea Shore

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December 10, 2022

BUCHAREST, Dec 10 (Reuters) – Romania’s navy carried out a controlled explosion on Saturday of a naval mine that had drifted close to the country’s Black Sea shore, the defense ministry said.

Mines began floating in the Black Sea after Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24, and Romanian, Bulgarian and Turkish military diving teams have been defusing those drifting in their waters. 

The ministry said the navy was alerted by a Turkish cargo ship about a mine drifting some 2.5 nautical miles (4.6 km) north of the Romanian Black Sea port of Constanta.

The Black Sea is crucial for shipment of grain, oil and oil products. Its waters are shared by Bulgaria, Romania, Georgia and Turkey, as well as Ukraine and Russia.

The mine defused on Saturday was the fourth handled by the Romanian military since March. Since the war started, Turkey, Romania, Bulgaria and Ukraine have destroyed roughly 40 mines in western waters of the Black Sea.

(Reporting by Luiza Ilie; Editing by Alex Richardson)

(c) Copyright Thomson Reuters 2022.

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