Polish Consulate attacked in Ukraine

  • Elisabeth Gheorghe
  • 30.3.2017 09:32

The Polish Consulate in the western Ukrainian town of Lutsk was attacked overnight 29 March, a statement from the Ukrainian SBU secret services read. Witnesses describe an explosion on the building’s fourth floor, whilst investigators say preliminary findings suggest it was caused by an RPG-26 grenade launcher. Neither casualties nor injuries have been reported. Additional protection has been ordered to all consulates and embassies in Ukraine.

The attack is noteworthy, as Lutsk is situated several hundreds of kilometres from the Donbas conflict zone. Among the theories concerning the explosion’s cause, the SBU reports that investigators consider the incident a terrorist attack, quick to accuse Russia. The instance could alternatively be linked to nationalist tensions between Poland and Ukraine – countries that enjoy amorous relations – as vandals in western Ukraine have targeted several Polish sites, including war memorials. Buoyed by Poland, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko ordered a probe into the case. Meanwhile, the US State Department announced on 29 March possibilities of supplying Ukraine defensive weapons.

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