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Ukraine says animal eyes despatched to some embassies, consulates

Ukraine says animal eyes despatched to some embassies, consulates


ROME — Ukrainian embassies and consulates in six European nations have obtained packages containing animals’ eyes in latest days, a Ukrainian official mentioned Friday.

International Ministry spokesman Oleh Nikolenko wrote on Fb that the “bloody parcels” have been obtained by the Ukrainian embassies in Hungary, the Netherlands, Poland, Croatia and Italy, in addition to by consulates in Naples, Italy; Krakow, Poland and the Czech metropolis of Brno. He mentioned that “we’re finding out the which means of this message.”

“It’s a really sturdy sign,” the Ukrainian consul in Naples, Maksym Kovalenko, mentioned, confirming his workplace obtained two letters containing fish eyes at round 10:30 a.m. Thursday.

Nikolenko mentioned the parcels arrived after a package deal containing an explosive machine despatched to the Ukrainian Embassy in Madrid ignited upon opening on Wednesday and injured an worker. That was one in all a number of explosive parcels present in Spain this week.

Spain´s Inside Ministry mentioned police evacuated the Madrid embassy on Friday after one other suspect package deal was detected. The ministry mentioned the parcel was posted from exterior Spain and may be a part of the chain of mail despatched to different embassies in Europe. Police have been investigating the contents and didn’t discover any explosives, the ministry mentioned.

Elsewhere, the doorway to the residence of the Ukrainian ambassador to the Vatican was vandalized and the Ukrainian Embassy in Kazakhstan was warned of an assault with explosives, although that wasn’t confirmed, Nikolenko mentioned.

In Poland, a spokesman for the police in Warsaw confirmed by e-mail {that a} package deal arrived on the Ukrainian Consulate within the Polish capital on Thursday that “raised concern” from one of many workers. The police division for shielding diplomatic missions was notified and “we shortly eradicated the hazard” spokesman Sylwester Marczak mentioned. He supplied no additional particulars. Marczak mentioned he was not conscious of any such parcel arriving on the Ukrainian Embassy in Warsaw.

Police in Krakow, in southern Poland, didn’t verify an incident on the consulate there however mentioned a suspicious package deal was recognized at a publish workplace Thursday. Police mentioned the contents have been being examined however wouldn’t say to whom the package deal was addressed.

Within the Czech Republic, police mentioned an X-ray scan discovered no explosives in a checked package deal, however they added later that animal tissue was discovered inside that has been submitted to laboratory checks.

Ukraine’s ambassador to the Vatican, Andrii Yurash, mentioned the doorway to his Rome residence was vandalized Thursday afternoon with what he believed to be animal feces. The door to the residence and the steps and partitions within the entryway have been “smeared with a grimy substance with an disagreeable scent,” he instructed The Related Press. He mentioned his spouse and son weren’t dwelling on the time, and police have been known as.

“And in addition the diplomatic mission in Italy obtained some letters additionally with some very disagreeable stuff inside, I imply some animal eyes. I don’t know precisely but it surely appears to be like like eyes from fish or another animals,” Yurash mentioned. “So it’s arduous to elucidate fully why, and what’s the purpose of this horrible message, however it’s little question a scientific development, a scientific assault on Ukrainian missions round Europe.”

In Croatia, police mentioned the Ukrainian Embassy in Zagreb known as to report {that a} suspicious package deal meant for the embassy arrived on the publish workplace, however diplomatic personnel didn’t accumulate it following the warning from the International Ministry.

Croatian police took custody of the package deal and are investigating the place it was despatched from and what it contained. No different particulars have been revealed.

All Ukrainian embassies and consulates have stepped up safety measures. Nikolenko quoted Ukrainian International Minister Dmytro Kuleba as saying that “we have now purpose to imagine {that a} well-planned marketing campaign of terror and intimidation of Ukrainian embassies and consulates is happening.”

Jovana Gec in Belgrade, Serbia, Monika Scislowska in Warsaw, Poland, Karel Janicek in Prague, and Ciaran Giles in Madrid contributed reporting.



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