Ukrainian diplomatic institutions still receiving dangerous packages, says FM Kuleba

7 December 2022, 04:46 PM
Police near the Embassy of Ukraine in Madrid surrounded the area after diplomats received a suspicious package (Photo:Violeta Santos Moura/Reuters)

Police near the Embassy of Ukraine in Madrid surrounded the area after diplomats received a suspicious package (Photo:Violeta Santos Moura/Reuters)

Ukrainian embassies and consulates are still receiving dangerous packages with threats, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba wrote on Facebook on Dec. 7.

According to him, the embassies in Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania, and Denmark, as well as the consulate in Polish Gdańsk received suspicious packages over the past two days.

In total, 31 cases have already been recorded in 15 countries: Austria (1), Vatican City (1), Denmark (1), Spain (5), Italy (4), Kazakhstan (1), the Netherlands (1), Poland (6), Portugal (2), Romania (2), the United States (1), Hungary (2), France (1), Croatia (1), and Czechia (2).

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“All the envelopes have the same sender’s address: a Tesla car dealership in the German town of Sindelfingen,” Kuleba said.

“The shipments were usually sent from post offices that had no CCTV cameras. The perpetrators also took measures to avoid leaving traces of their DNA on the packages. This, in particular, indicates the professional level of implementation .”

Kuleba added that he was in constant contact with his fellow foreign ministers.

He also called the terror campaign against Ukrainian diplomats “unprecedented in its scope.”

“Not only in the context of Ukraine, but also at the global level,” the diplomat said.

“I don’t remember any other time in history when so many embassies and consulates of a single country have been subjected to such massive attacks in such a short period of time. But no matter how hard the enemies try to intimidate Ukrainian diplomacy, they won’t succeed. And we continue to work for victory.”

A letter bomb exploded in the Ukrainian Embassy in Madrid, Spain on Nov. 30.

Serhiy Pohoreltsev, Ambassador of Ukraine to Spain, later reported that a parcel addressed to him had exploded, slightly injuring a member of staff.

On Dec. 2, embassies and consulates of Ukraine in six countries received bloody packages with the eyes of animals.

After these incidents, Kuleba ordered security at all Ukrainian embassies to be stepped up.

Later, several more parcels with explosive devices were found in Spain. They were sent to Spanish officials and a military manufacturer.

In addition, unknown persons broke into the ambassador’s house in Vatican City and smeared the building with excrement, while the Embassy in Kazakhstan received a false notification about the building being mined.

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