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Ukrainian embassies abroad targeted by 'letter bombs' and threats

Ukrainian embassies abroad targeted by 'letter bombs' and threats

Ukraine has placed all embassies and consulates abroad under heightened security measures following a series of incidents involving threatening packages, letter bombs at its diplomatic missions. This week, Ukrainian embassies in Hungary, the Netherlands, Poland, Croatia, Italy, Austria, the consulates general in Naples and Krakow and the consulate in Brno have received suspicious packages with animal eyes, said Oleh Nikolenko, spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. on Facebook on Friday.

"The packages were "soaked in a characteristically colored liquid. We are investigating the meaning of this message," he wrote.

On Wednesday, a package sent to the Ukrainian Embassy in Madrid, addressed to the country's ambassador to Spain, Serhiy Pohoreltsev, burst open.

"We have reason to believe that there is a well-planned campaign of terror and intimidation of Ukrainian embassies and consulates. Unable to stop Ukraine on the diplomatic front, they are trying to intimidate us ," said Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba.

He called on foreign governments to guarantee maximum protection of Ukrainian diplomatic institutions in accordance with the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.

In addition to the suspicious packages, Nikolenko also reported other incidents including vandalism at the entrance to the residence of the Ukrainian ambassador to the Vatican.


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