Ukraine says animal eyes sent to some embassies, consulates

Rome – Ukrainian embassies and consulates in six European countries have received animal eye packages in recent days, a Ukrainian official said on Friday.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Oleh Nikolenko wrote on Facebook that “bloody plots” had been received by the Ukrainian embassies in Hungary, the Netherlands, Poland, Croatia and Italy, as well as the consulates in Naples, Italy. Krakow, Poland and Brno, Czech Republic. “We are studying the meaning of this message,” he said.

“It is a strong signal,” said Maksym Kovalenko, the Ukrainian consul in Naples, confirming that his office had received two letters with fish eyes at about 10:30 a.m. Thursday.

Mr Nikolenko said the parcel arrived after a package containing explosives sent to the Ukrainian Embassy in Madrid caught fire at the opening on Wednesday and one employee was injured. That’s a lot of explosives found in Spain this week.

Spain’s Interior Ministry said police evacuated the Madrid embassy on Friday after finding another package of suspects. The ministry said the parcel was posted from outside Spain and could be part of a chain of letters sent to other embassies in Europe. The ministry said police were investigating the matter and did not find any explosives.

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Elsewhere, the entrance to the residence of the Ukrainian ambassador to the Vatican was destroyed and the Ukrainian embassy in Kazakhstan was warned of a bomb attack, although it was not confirmed, Nikolenko said.

In Poland, a Warsaw police spokesman confirmed by email that a package had arrived at the Ukrainian consulate in the Polish capital on Thursday, “raising concerns” from an employee. The Police Department for the Protection of Diplomatic Missions was notified and “we quickly eliminated the accident,” said spokesman Sylwester Marczak. He did not provide further details. Mr Marczak said he was unaware of such packages arriving at the Ukrainian embassy in Warsaw.

Police in the southern Polish city of Krakow did not confirm the incident at the consulate there, but said a suspicious package was identified at the post office on Thursday. Police said the contents were being examined but did not specify who the package was taken to.

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In the Czech Republic, police said X-rays did not show any explosives in the package, but added that animal tissue was found inside and sent for laboratory tests.

The Ukrainian ambassador to the Vatican, Andrii Yurash, said the entrance to his home in Rome was destroyed Thursday afternoon with what he believed to be manure. He told The Associated Press that the entrance to the apartment and the stairs and walls in the entrance were “smeared with dirt with a foul odor.” He said his wife and children were not at home and the police called.

“And the diplomatic mission in Italy also received some letters with some bad stuff inside, I mean some animal eyes. “I do not know for sure, but it looks like the eyes of a fish or some other animal, so it is very difficult to fully explain why and what is the reason for this bad message, but there is no doubt,” Yurash said. A systemic trend. “It is a systematic attack on the Ukrainian mission around Europe.”

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In Croatia, police said the Ukrainian embassy in Zagreb called to report that a suspicious package for the embassy had arrived at the post office, but diplomatic staff did not collect it after a warning from the Foreign Ministry.

Croatian police have seized the package and are investigating where it was sent from and what it contained. No other details were revealed.

All Ukrainian embassies and consulates have stepped up security measures. “We have reason to believe that a well-planned terrorist and terror campaign and intimidation of the Ukrainian embassy and consulate is taking place,” Nikolenko was quoted as saying by Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba.


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


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