In the wake of the overnight provocation involving a Lutsk-based Polish Consulate General being shot at with a grenade launcher, all Polish consulates in five Ukrainian cities suspended their operations on Wednesday, Joinfo.com reports with reference to UNIAN.
Consulates General of the Republic of Poland in Kyiv, Kharkiv, Odesa, Vinnytsia, and Lutsk do not work on Wednesday, as reported on the corresponding websites of Polish diplomatic institutions in Ukraine. “The Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Kharkiv informs that on March 29, 2017 (Wednesday) the consulate is closed and will not receive visitors,” reads the website of the Polish Consulate General in Kharkiv.
Similar reports are posted on the websites of Polish consulates in Kyiv, Vinnytsia, Lviv, and Odesa.
It should be recalled that the roof of a building of Poland’s Consulate General in the City of Lutsk was damaged overnight Wednesday, after being hit with an unidentified large caliber weapon, presumably a grenade launcher. Polish Foreign Ministry has confirmed that no one was hurt in the incident. Poland’s Consul in Lutsk Krzysztof Sawicki has called the shooting a “terrorist act,” aimed at killing people. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko strongly condemned the attack on the Consulate General of Poland in Lutsk, while the country’s Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin expressed outrage over the act which he called “provocation.”
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko in a telephone conversation with his Polish counterpart Andrzej Duda has condemned the attack on the Consulate General of Poland in Lutsk, Volyn region, and offered to involve Polish experts in the investigation of this incident, according to Interfax-Ukraine.
“Petro Poroshenko offered to engage Polish experts in the investigative group to identify those responsible for this crime,” the presidential press service said on Wednesday.
In a conversation with Duda, Poroshenko condemned the attack on the Consulate General of Poland in Lutsk. “The Ukrainian government will act decisively to prevent such provocations in the future,” he assured.
The president of Ukraine said that he instructed to step up the security of not only diplomatic missions in Ukraine, but also of places of historical memory.
“The leaders of the two states agreed that no provocations should affect friendly Polish-Ukrainian relations, the interlocutors agreed to continue contacts at the highest level,” the press service of the Ukrainian head of state reported.
Ukrainian Ambassador to Poland Andriy Deschytsia was summoned by the Polish Foreign Ministry in connection with the incident, and the Polish Embassy in Kyiv will present a note of protest to the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry.
The Security Service of Ukraine has said that investigators consider a terrorist attack among the theories of the explosion in the building of the Consulate General of Poland in Lutsk, Volyn region, which occurred most likely as a result of shelling from the RPG-26 grenade launcher, adding that only Russia will benefit from such provocations.
“An explosion occurred on the fourth floor of the building of the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Lutsk in the early hours of March 29. According to preliminary data, the building was shot at from the RPG-26 rocket-propelled grenade launcher. There were no casualties as the result of the explosion. The task forces of the Security Service of Ukraine and police are working at the site. The investigation considers several theories behind the incident, including a terrorist act,” the SBU said in statement on Wednesday.
“Provocations against the Republic of Poland, which occur from time to time in Ukraine, are beneficial only to one party – the Russian Federation, whose hand is recognizable from afar [….] We are convinced that such actions of the aggressor will not affect the relations between the friendly Ukrainian and Polish peoples,” the statement said.
As reported, in the early hours of March 29 unknown persons shelled the premises of the Consulate General of Poland in Lutsk from the backyard. The shell hit the window of the last floor.
There were no people in the room at the time of the explosion, so no one was hurt, although there were guards in the room on the floor below.
The National Anti-Corruption Bureau has launched searches in the National Bank of Ukraine, according to the Special Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office, Joinfo.com reports with reference to UNIAN.
“Investigative actions are being conducted by NABU under the procedural supervision by the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office,” SACPO press service noted, without further elaborating on the exact criminal case in question.