Embassies of Ukraine and several consulates across Europe, including Spain, received “bloody packages” containing animal eyes and a number of letter bombs.
In Spain, “bloody packages” were found with letter bombs, including one that injured an employee of the Ukrainian embassy in Madrid. This case has raised suspicions about connections with Russia, and it has prompted Kiev to demand increased security abroad, reports The Washington Post.
Meanwhile, Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry called the “bloody packages” a “well-planned” campaign of intimidation and terror.
A spokesman for Ukraine’s foreign ministry said the packages were received at the embassies of the Netherlands, Poland, Croatia, Italy and Austria, as well as the consulates in Naples and Brno in the Czech Republic.
Yevhenia Voloshchenko, a Ukrainian official in Rome, said a package received at his embassy contained a fish eye. Czech police said the envelope in Brno contained “animal tissue”, adding that it had first been checked for explosives and prompted the evacuation of the surrounding area, including a kindergarten. The police said that a similar package also arrived at the Ukrainian embassy in Prague, reports The Washington Post.
Separately, the ambassador to the Holy See of Ukraine said the entrance to his apartment residence in Rome had been vandalized, and the outside stairwell, ceiling and front door had been smeared with a “dirty substance”. An Italian police spokesman said the substance was faeces.
It is unclear whether the letter bombs in Spain are connected to other events in Europe. The letter bombs were received at several high-profile locations, including Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’s office and the US Embassy in Madrid, where the letter was detonated in a controlled explosion.
Meanwhile, Russia’s embassy in Spain stepped in to defend itself, saying it had no role in the campaign and condemned any threats or acts of terrorism against the diplomatic mission as “totally reprehensible”.
According to The Washington Post, the Spanish news agency Europa Press reported Friday that Spain’s interior minister had communicated with other European countries and the European Commission, warning that the letters “may be related to Russia’s attack on Ukraine.” “
On February 24, Russia launched a special military operation in Ukraine as the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics asked for help to defend themselves.
Russia has faced enormous pressure from the international community to end its military operations in Ukraine, which has caused a huge humanitarian crisis, with thousands of refugees from Ukraine fleeing west to neighboring countries.