February 2, 2023

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Ukrainian embassies attacked with bloody packages, Kyiv says

Ukrainian embassies in several countries were attacked with “bloody packages” with animal eyes, Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry said on Friday.

The packages arrived days after six letter bombs were sent to offices in Spain, including those of Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez and the American and Ukrainian embassies.

The latest packages, which the ministry said were “soaked in a liquid” and had a strange smell, were sent to Ukrainian embassies in Croatia, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands and Poland. Consulates General of Ukraine in Naples, Italy; Krakow, Poland; and Brno in the Czech Republic also received packages, Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Oleg Nikolenko said in a statement.

“Ukrainian embassies and consulates continue to receive threats,” he said, adding that Ukraine’s foreign minister ordered heightened security measures in all Ukrainian consulates and embassies.

“We are examining the meaning of this message,” added Nikolenko. Ukrainian officials are working with foreign governments to investigate the packages, he said.

According to the ministry, the entrance to the residence of the Ambassador of Ukraine in the Vatican was also vandalized.

In Washington, the Ukrainian embassy received a letter with “a photocopy of an article critical of Ukraine,” Mr. Nikolenko said, adding that it arrived “simultaneously with others from the territory of a European country.” He did not provide any further information on the origin of the envelope.