No Christmas truce. Russia denounced on Friday an attack with an incendiary device against its consulate general in Lviv, in the west of Ukraine, an incident which did not make a victim but intervenes in full tensions between Moscow and Kiev.
“On December 24, at 2:30 am, the Russian Consulate General in Lviv suffered a terrorist act. An unidentified person threw a bottle with flammable liquid in the direction of an entrance to the establishment, which caught fire, ”Russian diplomacy said in a statement.
According to the Russian Foreign Ministry, the incident did not cause any injuries. The Lviv police specified that the Molotov cocktail had been thrown against the enclosure surrounding the consulate, without damaging the building, adding to have opened an investigation for « hooliganism ». « This scandalous and unacceptable act is the consequence of an exacerbation in Ukraine of Russophobic hysteria and incitement to hatred and hostility against Russia, » said Russian diplomacy.
Moscow adds that an interim representative of Kiev has been summoned to the Russian Foreign Ministry, where it has been addressed « a strong protest » and demanded that Ukraine ensure the safety of Russian diplomatic personnel. This incident takes place in the midst of tensions between Ukraine and Russia, accused by the West of massing troops on the Ukrainian border with a view to possible military intervention. The Kremlin firmly denies any belligerent intent.
« Putin wants to destroy Ukraine », accuses Kiev
Relations between Kiev and Moscow have already been appalling since Russia’s 2014 annexation of the Ukrainian Crimean peninsula and the start of a war between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian separatists.
Russian President Vladimir « Putin wants to destroy Ukraine » and « restore the USSR », denounces to AFP the secretary of the Ukrainian National Security Council Oleksiy Danilov at the height of tensions with Moscow, assuring that this project is doomed to failure. For more than a month, the West has accused Russia of having massed around 100,000 soldiers on the Ukrainian border with a view to military intervention and has multiplied warnings to the Kremlin, which denies any bellicose intention.
While the West has threatened Moscow with new punitive measures in the event of an attack, Kiev is calling for preventive sanctions and more weapons. “Providing us with weapons to defend ourselves is the number one issue. No short-lived promises and sanctions, ”thundered Danilov. “When our country is destroyed, against whom are you going to impose sanctions? «
The official warned the West against any arrangement with the Kremlin in the run-up to negotiations in January between Moscow and Washington on the security demands of the Kremlin, which notably demands that Kiev never join NATO. According to him, the Ukrainians will never accept agreements concluded « behind the back ». “We are not Russia,” he stresses. “So-called great leaders cannot make us bow and decide for us. «