The Russian-made drone crashed in a park in the Croatian capital, Zagreb, late Thursday, shortly after media reports said it was an intelligence, the Croatian prime minister said.
The drone flew over Romania and Hungary before crashing into Croatia, and all three countries were members of NATO, according to Croatian officials.
“According to the information available to us, the unmanned military vehicle (…) that crashed yesterday was Russian-made. We do not know whether it was in the possession of the Russian or Ukrainian military,” Croatian Prime Minister Andrzej Blenkovich told Croatian media in Versailles, which attended the NATO summit. European union.
The device “came to Croatia from Hungary, according to (Hungarian) Prime Minister Victor Orban, it came from Romania to Hungary,” Blenkovic added. Zagreb is about 550 kilometers away when a crow flies from the nearby border with Ukraine, which has been facing an invasion by Russian forces since February 24.
Authorities closed access Friday morning to the area where the park machine crashed, about six kilometers from the city center. According to a press release, police were alerted just before midnight by residents who heard “explosions following the fall of the engine”.
Jarun Park’s “found a ditch in the green zone”, on the border of a lake, “two parachutes” according to the same source. Several cars were damaged. The drone, which was flying at 700 km / h and an altitude of 1,300 meters, entered Croatian airspace from the east of Croatia, according to the Croatian Ministry of Defense.
“It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post. We know it flew over Croatia for a few minutes before it crashed in Zagreb, “said Blenkovic.
“We already know a lot, but a serious investigation is underway to find out what happened. We are in close contact with NATO commanders.”
It was a Soviet-made remote control vehicle used in the 1970s and 1980s. It lands using parachutes.
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