Man dies after crashing car into Russian embassy gate in Romania | Russia-Ukraine war News

A car bursts into flames and kills its driver after crashing into the gate of the Russian embassy in Bucharest.

A car has crashed into the gate of the Russian embassy in the Romanian capital, bursting into flames and killing the driver, according to police.

The sedan rammed into the gate at about 6am local time (03:00 GMT) on Wednesday, but did not manage to enter the Bucharest embassy compound.

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.

There was no immediate information on a possible motive or other details.

Police collect evidence from around a car that rammed into the gate of the Russian embassy early in the morning in Bucharest
Police collect evidence from around a car that rammed into the gate of the Russian embassy [Robert Ghement/EPA]

Romania, which shares a long land border with Ukraine, has taken in more than 600,000 refugees since Russia’s full-scale invasion of its neighbour.

Since the war started on February 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”.

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