- A driver has died after slamming his vehicle into the gates of the Russian embassy in Romania.
- The silver car was seen engulfed in a fiery inferno in footage from the scene.
- A prosecutor at the scene said the vehicle was carrying containers of flammable substances.
A man died after crashing his car into the gates of the Russian embassy in Bucharest, Romania, on Wednesday.
Video footage of the scene obtained by Reuters showed a silver sedan ablaze, with the front of the vehicle caught in metal barriers. Other clips featured in Reuters’ video compilation from the scene showed a heavy presence near the embassy, with cordons along the street.
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The Romanian police confirmed to the Associated Press that the vehicle did not make it into the embassy grounds after slamming into the gate at around 6 a.m. on Wednesday, local time. The police also told the AP that firefighters managed to extinguish the blaze, but that the driver had died at the scene.
Bogdan Staicu, a prosecutor who spoke to the AP, said containers containing flammable substances were found in the car.
The Russian Embassy in Romania also confirmed that the incident occurred at the embassy and said that no embassy employees were injured.
“The Embassy expresses deep condolences to the relatives and friends of the man who set himself on fire in a car after a failed attempt to ram the gates of the Russian Embassy in Romania,” read the embassy’s statement.
It is currently unclear what the driver’s motives were, however, the embassy went on to say that: “whatever the motives of the driver, there is no doubt that he committed this act under the influence of an explosion of anti-Russian hysteria in connection with a staged provocation in the city of Bucha.”
The incident occurred days after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy spoke to Romanian parliamentarians on Monday, where he called the massacre in Bucha a “war crime.” Romania on Tuesday also said it would expel 10 Russian diplomats from the country.
Russian embassies around the world have faced mounting protests since the country invaded Ukraine in February. In March, an Irish man was arrested for backing into the gates of the Russian embassy in Dublin. Other instances of protests include protesters throwing eggs at the Russian embassy in London, and the word “murder” being painted in red outside the Russian embassy in DC.