An employee of the department suffered minor injuries to his hand after handling an object and went to the hospital; Ukrainian ambassador suspects Russian attack
Police forces investigate possible act of terrorism
An employee of the embassy of Ukraine in Madrid suffered minor injuries, this Wednesday, 30, after the detonation of a letter bomb intended for the ambassador. The incident prompted Kiev to order increased security at all its diplomatic missions. “Around 1pm today [9h em Brasília], the National Police received an alert of a detonation at the Ukrainian Embassy in Madrid. It occurred when one of the embassy employees handled a letter. The employee suffered injuries, in principle minor, and went to a hospital on his own. The National Police is already investigating the facts, with the participation of the Scientific Police,” police sources told AFP. The official was injured in one hand and left the hospital in the afternoon, said the Ukrainian ambassador to Spain, Serhii Pohoreltsev, in an interview with Spanish public television. Spanish justice, for its part, has begun preliminary steps to investigate a possible crime of “terrorism”, said a spokesman for the high court of the Audiencia Nacional, competent in the matter. Spanish authorities have not mentioned any leads so far. When questioned, the Ukrainian ambassador implicitly pointed to the Russia🇧🇷 “We know the terrorist methods of the aggressor country. Russia’s methods, attacks oblige us to be prepared for any type of incident, provocation”, said the diplomat. According to AFP correspondents, the police set up a security cordon around the embassy, located in a residential neighborhood of the Spanish capital. A police car blocked access to the street and many police officers and firefighters were sent to the scene. The cordon was finally lifted shortly after 5pm local time. [13h em Brasília]🇧🇷 In a statement, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Spain, José Manuel Albares, said that he had contacted his Ukrainian counterpart, Dmytro Kuleba, and the Ukrainian ambassador to Spain, to verify the state of health of the injured official and transmit his “support and solidarity” due to the “attack”.
*With information from the AFP agency
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