It is more likely that the drone with an attached mine near Tyulenovo is Ukrainian, Defense Minister Todor Tagarev told BTV.
“Whatever (the drone) is, this is not a deliberate action against Bulgaria. This is an accident by which it reached our coast,” commented Tagarev and added that he personally did not, but structures of his department supported the Ukrainian you are colleagues in this case.
Defended the way the military defused the mine. “No one will set out to defuse an unexploded ordnance at night when the situation does not require it,” he added regarding the criticism that the operation was carried out around 9 hours after the discovery of the drone with the mine.
“Here we are talking about the rocks on the coast, where there is no lighting and there is nowhere for it to come from. They waited quite rightly and the team was activated in the morning – to move to Tyulenovo and finish the work in the daylight,” assured the Minister of Defense.
Regarding the criticism of the way the operation was carried out, he insisted that the military acted according to the rules, fulfilled their task, assessed the situation, decided to destroy the mine on the spot, took all necessary measures so that there were no consequences for the people on the coast and for the infrastructure.
Regarding the participant in the operation who was filmed smoking, he pointed out that with a mechanical detonator, smoking had nothing to do with safety, as the team was under enormous stress and who and how they deal with stress was a personal matter, repeating the position of the head of defense, Emil Eftimov.
For the sapper, who was wearing a tank top, Tagarev noted that it was judged that there was no need for the top of the diving suit because the temperature conditions did not require it and because he had more freedom of action without the top. “The judgment is completely correct and the way he acted is correct,” he assured.
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