Turkey and Romania find mines floating off coast

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Russian submarine Rostov-na-Donu B-237 enters the Bosphorus Strait on 13 February en route to the Black Sea, as part of a series of naval movements ahead of the Ukraine invasion. (Photo by Oguz Yeter/dia images via Getty Images)
Russian submarine Rostov-na-Donu B-237 enters the Bosphorus Strait on 13 February en route to the Black Sea, as part of a series of naval movements ahead of the Ukraine invasion. (Photo by Oguz Yeter/dia images via Getty Images)
  • Turkey says a second mine was discovered near its coastline.
  • It says the mine could have come from Ukraine.
  • Romania also said a mine was found off its Black Sea coast.


Turkey on Monday said a second mine which could have come from Ukraine was discovered near its coastline, while Romania also said a mine had been found off its Black Sea coast.

Russia had warned more than a week ago that some aged mines that Ukrainians had deployed in the Black Sea against its invading troops had become dislodged from their cables by storms and could drift as far as the Straits of Bosphorus and the Mediterranean Sea.

On Monday, the Turkish defence ministry tweeted that "a mine was detected off Igneada near the Bulgarian border" on the Black Sea.

"The mine has been secured... and an intervention launched to neutralise it," it said.

Later, the ministry confirmed the device had been defused.


Also on Monday, Romanian authorities said another mine had been found 39 nautical miles (70-72 km) from the coastal town of Capul Midia.

According to the defence ministry, the device was spotted by a fishing vessel on Monday morning and was then destroyed by a specialised disposal squad.

A first mine was found on Saturday and defused by the Turkish navy, after a fisherman had reported seeing it about two kilometres  off Rumelifeneri, on the entrance of the Bosphorus north of Istanbul.

Ankara has spoken to Ukrainian and Russian authorities to follow up "coordination on this subject," Turkey's defence minister said on Saturday.

In its warning on 19 March, Russia's FSB security service said that "dilapidated" mines that Ukrainians had deployed against its forces had broken from their cables and were floating in the Black Sea.

Several days ago, Turkish authorities warned on the NAVTEX maritime alert system that there was a risk of mines floating from Ukrainian waters after being dislodged from their anchors by a storm.

Underwater mines normally have to be equipped with systems that render them harmless if they break free from their anchors.

But older mines could lack this safety measure, Turkish media reported.


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