Romania defuses drifting mine off Black Sea coast

Romania’s military on Sunday July 31st carried out a controlled explosion of a naval mine that had drifted close to the country’s Black Sea shore, the defence ministry said.

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

Russia and Ukraine accuse each other of planting them.

Romania’s defence ministry said the mine defused on Sunday, the second handled by the Romanian military since March, was drifting some two nautical miles off the Romanian shore.