Ukraine War: Eight embassies in Europe receive animal eye packages

According to the foreign ministry, eight Ukrainian embassies have received parcels containing animal eyes.

It said that “blood-soaked” packages had been found in Hungary and Spain. Czech police also reported that packages had been found in the country.

The identity of the sender isn’t known.

Dmytro Kuleba, Foreign Minister believes that a well-planned campaign to intimidate and terror is underway.

A letter bomb that exploded in Madrid at the Ukraine Embassy, Spain two days ago left an employee with injuries. This was just one of several alleged incidents.

Oleg Nikolenko, spokesperson for the Ukrainian foreign ministry, mentioned a few others in a Facebook statement. He said that vandals had also broken into the Vatican premises where the Ukrainian ambassador lives.

He added that the US embassy has been threatened with a bomb spoof, and the Kazakhstan embassy has had a threat of a bomb spoof. The letter also contained a photocopy of a critical article about Ukraine.

Nikolenko stated that the letter arrived synchronistically with other letters from one European country. Ukraine is cooperating with foreign law enforcement agencies to investigate the threats and identify those involved, in order to bring them to justice.

He said that the packages sent to European consulates and embassies were “impregnated with liquids of characteristic color and had a matching smell”.

Later, Friday’s update from Mr Nikolenko stated that Spanish police have surrounded the Ukrainian Embassy in Madrid following a similar bloody package. Czech police claim packages with animal tissue were sent to the Ukrainian consulate in Brno and the Ukrainian embassies in Prague.

Following Dmytro Kunleba’s orders after Wednesday’s Madrid blast, earlier, Mr Nikolenko stated that Ukrainian consulates have stepped up security.

Spanish police said they were notified about the blast at 13:00 GMT (12:00 GMT). No one has yet claimed responsibility for the explosion and no other incidents have been linked.

The interior ministry reported that a second suspicious postal shipment was later intercepted in Zaragoza at Instalaza’s headquarters.

On Thursday morning, bombs were delivered to the defense ministry and Torrejon de Ardoz airbase, both just outside Madrid.

A second device was sent to the US Embassy.

Rafael Perez (Spanish Deputy Interior Minister) stated that the characteristics and contents of envelopes were similar in five cases: “There are some signs that suggest that these letters originated from Spain, but we need to be cautious…we’re just beginning the investigation.”


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