Moldova uncovers missile fragments in local lake following Russian attack on Ukraine
Fragments of the rocket were found in a lake near the Moldovan village of Fîrlădeni in the Căuşeni region, which borders Ukraine's Odesa region in the south.
Rubryka reports, referring to the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Moldova and Newsmaker, that locals noticed some debris in the lake that could've come from a missile that may have landed in the area. Authorities have confirmed that the debris came from an aerial missile, and experts are still determining its type and origin.
Moldova's General Emergency Inspectorate reported that the wreckage was found in the lake on September 27. The authorities have introduced special security measures in the lake area because they suspect that the explosive of the crashed rocket may be at the bottom of the lake.
The area is currently closed to the public, and police are guarding the perimeter. Employees of the national police, the emergency service, the military, and the border police are working at the scene.
Experts are looking for the best solution to extract the explosives if the material is found at the bottom of the lake. Hydraulic technicians are pumping water from the lake to ease sappers' work.
Moldova's Minister of Internal Affairs, Adrian Efros, also arrived at the scene. The ministry said there was no danger to the population, the territory was isolated, and the first houses were 1 km from the perilous zone.
This is not the first time that missile fragments have been found in Moldova after Russian air strikes at the territory of Ukraine. Moldovan border police uncovered debris from a rocket on December 5 last year in the north of the country near the town of Briceni. On January 14, the border police also found the wreckage near Larga.