Russia’s Foreign Ministry said that its consulate in the Ukrainian city of Lviv was bombed with petrol bombs, amid tense relations between the two countries.
The Russian Foreign Ministry announced on December 24 that it had summoned Ukraine’s chargé d’affaires in Russia to make a “strong protest” after an unidentified person threw a petrol bomb at the consulate gate. Russian Consulate in the city of Lviv. The incident caused no casualties.
“We have asked the Ukrainian side to fulfill its international obligations to ensure security and create suitable conditions for the normal operation of the Russian diplomatic and consular missions,” the statement read.
The Russian Foreign Ministry called the petrol bombing a “terrorist act”, saying that it was the result of “anti-Russian ideological incitement in Ukraine”, and expressed its desire for the Ukrainian side to apologize.
Meanwhile, Ukrainian police said they had opened an investigation into what they called “an act of sabotage”.
The petrol bombing comes amid heightened tensions between Russia and Ukraine. Kiev and Western countries accuse Russia of building up forces near the border with a plan to “attack” Ukraine. However, Moscow says this is baseless information, asserting that all moves to mobilize troops and equipment near the western border are purely for defensive purposes.
Russia-Ukraine relations collapsed in 2014 when Moscow annexed Crimea and supported separatists in the Donbass region. Ukraine’s military has been fighting pro-Russian separatists in the two eastern provinces of Donetsk and Lugansk since 2014, killing more than 13,000 people on both sides.
Luster (Follow Reuters, Sputnik)