An explosive device apparently hidden in an envelope detonated at the Ukrainian embassy in Madrid on Wednesday, injuring a staff member who was handling the letter, officials said.
“An explosive device hidden in an envelope detonated at the Embassy of Ukraine in Madrid. One employee was injured,” said Oleg Nikolenko, spokesman for the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. said early Wednesday.
The letter was sent to Ambassador Serhii Pohoreltsev and, according to local newspaper El Mundo, exploded when the administrator, a Ukrainian citizen, opened it.
The employee suffered minor injuries and was taken to the hospital himself.
The letter came in the mail but was not scanned.
The explosion caused “a very small wound on the ring finger of the right hand” of the affected employee, according to Mercedes Gonzalez, the representative of the Spanish government in Madrid.
Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba ordered all Ukrainian embassies abroad to “urgently” strengthen their security.
The minister urged his Spanish counterparts to “take urgent action to investigate the attack” and not allow whoever was behind the attack to intimidate Ukrainian diplomats or continue their “work to strengthen Ukraine and counter Russian aggression.” set.
Detectives are investigating the incident along with forensic and intelligence investigators.
This is an evolving story.
https://nypost.com/2022/11/30/explosion-at-ukrainian-embassy-in-madrid-injures-one-person/ One person has been injured in an explosion at the Ukrainian embassy in Madrid