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‘Bloody packages’ sent to Ukrainian embassies and consulates

From mysterious “bloody packages” containing animal eyes. This is what several diplomatic representations of Ukraine around the world have received, said Friday, December 2, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry. These incidents follow the sending of a series of letter bombs to Spain, including one destined for the Ukrainian embassy in Madrid, also the recipient of a bloody parcel on Friday.

Apart from Spain, the packages, soaked in a liquid with a pronounced color and smell, were sent to Ukrainian embassies in Hungary, the Netherlands, Poland, Croatia and Italy, consulates generals in Naples and Krakow and at the consulate in Brno, Czech Republic, ministry spokesman Oleg Nikolenko said in a statement.

According to Mr. Nikolenko, moreover, the entrance to the residence of the Ukrainian ambassador to the Vatican was “vandalized” and the Ukrainian Embassy in Kazakhstan received a “threat of bombing”which, however, was not followed up. “We have reason to believe that an organized campaign of terror and intimidation against Ukrainian embassies and consulates is brewing”, said the spokesman for the ministry. Attempts to“unnecessary bullying”he continues. “We will continue to work effectively for Ukraine’s victory”concludes Oleg Nikolenko.

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Fish eyes and feces

In Poland, Sylwester Marczak, a Warsaw police spokesman, confirmed by email that a package had arrived at the Ukrainian consulate in the Polish capital on Thursday, which ” awake “ an employee’s suspicions. “We quickly eliminated the threat”, said Marczak. In the Czech Republic, police said they X-rayed a package and found no explosives. However, they later clarified that the package contained animal tissue that was sent to a laboratory for testing.

The Ukrainian ambassador to the Vatican, Andrii Yurash, for his part, confirmed that his country’s consulate in Naples and its embassy in Italy both received letters, the one sent to Naples containing fish eyes. Mr. Yurash also said that the entrance to his residence in Rome had been vandalized with what he believes to be animal feces on Thursday afternoon. The door and walls of the entrance to his building as well as the stairs were “coated with a filthy and unpleasant-smelling substance”he told the Associated Press.

On Friday, the Ukrainian embassy in Madrid was evacuated after the discovery of a suspicious package. Analyzes were carried out on the mail, which did not reveal the presence of explosives. Further testing is underway to determine the content. On Wednesday November 30, the head of the security service of the Ukrainian Embassy in Spain, located in Madrid, was slightly injured by the explosion of a letter bomb intended for the Ambassador, Sergi Pohoreltsev, which led to kyiv to order a reinforcement of security measures in all its diplomatic representations. The next day, the Spanish Interior Ministry revealed that a letter similar to the one that exploded on Wednesday had been sent the previous week to Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez.

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Le Monde with AP and AFP

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