1 Injured By Apparent Letter Bomb At Ukrainian Embassy In Madrid

MADRID (AP) — Spanish police are investigating studies of a small blast on the Ukrainian Embassy in Madrid on Wednesday, the Interior Ministry stated.

In an announcement to media, the ministry stated police have been advised an worker on the embassy was barely injured whereas dealing with a letter.

Ukrainian International Ministry spokesman Oleh Nikolenko stated that the embassy in Madrid obtained an envelope as a part of a mail supply.

“During a check, the envelope exploded in the hands of the embassy’s manager,” Nikolenko advised The Related Press. “The manager received light injuries, he was hospitalized and is receiving the necessary medical assistance. His life isn’t in danger.”

Different embassy employees weren’t harm, he stated.

Spain’s International Ministry stated the Ukrainian ambassador to Spain, Serhii Pohoreltsev, advised International Minister José Manuel Albares in a cellphone dialog that it had been a letter bomb addressed to him however which was opened by an embassy employee.

Spanish policemen stand subsequent to an Ukrainian flag whereas securing the realm after a letter bomb explosion on the Ukraine’s embassy in Madrid on November 30, 2022. (Picture by OSCAR DEL POZO/AFP through Getty Pictures)

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Ukrainian International Minister Dmytro Kuleba shortly ordered the strengthening of the safety of all Ukrainian embassies. He additionally requested his Spanish counterpart to take pressing measures to research the assault.

“Whoever stands behind staging this explosion, they won’t succeed in scaring Ukrainian diplomats or halting their daily efforts to strengthen Ukraine and counter the Russian aggression,” Nikolenko stated.

The ministry stated the employee went unassisted to a well being heart. Spanish Nationwide Tv stated he was later launched.

The Nationwide Police advised the AP they obtained a name from the Ukrainian embassy at 1:20 p.m. {that a} letter had burst into flames whereas being dealt with by an worker.

Nationwide Police deployed officers to the embassy, arrange a fringe across the space, and its TEDAX bomb squad was working on the web site, situated in a northeastern a part of Madrid.

Related Press writers Yuras Karmanau in Tallinn, Estonia, and Joseph Wilson in Barcelona, Spain, contributed to this report.