Deputy head of Ukraine’s emergency service suspended following explosive incident in Warsaw, says Polish interior minister

20 December 2022, 07:30 PM

A "gift from Ukraine" exploded in the Warsaw Police Headquarters (Photo:Polska Policja/Facebook)

Dmytro Bondar, the deputy head of the State Emergency Service of Ukraine (DSNS), has been suspended from his position following the explosion of a gift to the head of the Polish police in Warsaw, Polish Interior Minister Mariusz Kamiński reported on Twitter on Dec. 20.

"I have received information that the Deputy Head of the State Emergency Service of Ukraine, General Dmytro Bondar, who was responsible for presenting the gift to the commander of the Polish police, General J. Szymczyk, was suspended from work," he said.

Kamiński added that criminal proceedings were initiated in Ukraine in this case.

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On Dec. 15, an explosion occurred in the building of the Main Police Commandant's Office in Warsaw. Reportedly, the blast caused by a grenade launcher gifted to the police chief by Bondar during a working visit to Warsaw on Dec. 11-12.

Szymczyk sustained minor injuries and was hospitalized for examination were injured in total, Polish media said.

DSNS called the incident an accident and promised to "draw appropriate security conclusions" from the situation after establishing the causes of the explosion.

Ukrainian Interior Minister Denys Monastyrskyi is scheduled to visit Poland and meet with his Polish counterpart as a result of the incident.

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