‘Bloody’ packages containing animal eyes sent to Ukrainian embassies
Grisly packages containing animals’ eyes have been delivered to Ukrainian embassies and consulates across Europe, officials have said.
The country’s foreign ministry spokesman Oleh Nikolenko wrote on Facebook that the ‘bloody parcels’ were received by the Ukrainian embassies in Hungary, the Netherlands, Poland, Croatia and Italy, as well as by consulates in Naples, Italy; Krakow, Poland; and the Czech city of Brno.
The packages were ‘soaked in a liquid of a characteristic colour and had a corresponding smell,’ he said. ‘We are studying the meaning of this message’.
Following the initial announcement, a seventh package was later discovered at the Ukrainian embassy in Madrid.
Mr Nikolenko said the items arrived after a package containing an explosive device sent to the Ukrainian embassy in Madrid ignited upon being opened on Wednesday, injuring an employee.
This was one of multiple explosive parcels found in Spain this week, with similar packages en route to Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and the US Embassy to Madrid prompting Spain to step up their security.
Defence Minister Margarita Robles, who was visiting the Ukrainian port city of Odesa on Thursday and met her Ukrainian counterpart Oleksii Reznikov, said the letter bombs would not deter Spain from supporting Ukraine’s ‘just cause’.
‘What must be very clear is that none of these deliveries or any other violent action will change the clear and firm commitment of Spain, NATO countries and the European Union to support Ukraine,’ she said.
In addition, the entrance to the residence of the Ukrainian ambassador to the Vatican was reportedly vandalised with human faeces, and Nikolenko also said the embassy in Kazakhstan had received a bomb threat, although this was subsequently not confirmed.
All Ukrainian embassies and consulates have since stepped up security measures.
‘We have reason to believe that there is a well-planned campaign of terror and intimidation of Ukrainian embassies and consulates,’ Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said.
‘Unable to stop Ukraine on the diplomatic front, they are trying to intimidate us.’
Following the discovery of the package in Brno, Czech police tweeted to confirm that the consulate and its immediate surroundings, including a nursery, had been evacuated.
After investigating the package, police confirmed it did not contain any explosives, but advised all employees of consulates based in the Czech Republic employees of companies which produce weapons to be extremely careful when checking incoming mail.
‘Initial analysis suggests the package contained animal tissue. A detailed analysis will be conducted in laboratories now,’ the police tweeted.
The Ukrainian embassy in the United States was not sent a package, but did receive a letter containing a photocopy of an article critical of Ukraine.
It is unknown who is sending the packages or where they are coming from, but they are all believed to have originated from an unknown location in Europe.
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