Russia denounced Friday, December 24 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 occurs in full tensions between Moscow and Kiev. Russian diplomacy said in a statement:
« December 24, at 2:30 in the morning [minuit à Paris], 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. «
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 ».
« Hostility against Russia »
« 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 acting representative from Kiev summoned to Russian Foreign Ministry, where it was addressed to him « 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.
Relations between Kiev and Moscow have 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.