Car rams Russian Embassy gate in Romania, driver dead
Sedan crashed into gate but did not enter the embassy compound in Bucharest
A car crashed into the gate of the Russian Embassy in the Romanian capital and caught fire early Wednesday, killing the driver, police said.
The sedan rammed into the gate around 6 a.m. local time but did not enter the embassy compound in Bucharest.
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.
The driver set himself on fire after the impact, a prosecutor told media at the scene. Prosecutor Bogdan Staicu said the driver had "lit a device," causing the car to burst into flames after the crash.
Staicu said the driver's body had been sent for an autopsy and the car would be transported to a police facility for further investigation.
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 neighbour.
Since the war started Feb. 24, protesters have gathered outside Russia's embassy in the capital to call for an end to the Russian aggression.
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."
The incident comes days after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky addressed Romania's parliament Monday, when he labelled 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."
With files from Reuters