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 Interior Ministry tightens security of foreign diplomatic missions in Ukraine

The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine has reinforced protection of diplomatic missions under instruction of President Petro Poroshenko.

Censor.NET reports citing the Interior Ministry's press office.

"The National Guard in conjunction with the National Police detachments increased the number of personnel patrolling the routes near diplomatic missions in order to prevent provocations by the anti-government forces controlled by the aggressor state," the report reads.

The National Guard reserve squads assisting detachments protecting foreign diplomatic missions, consulates, and offices of international organizations in Ukraine have been put on high alert.

Read more: "Undoubtedly, this is Russia," - Ukraine's ambassador Deshchytsia on Polish consulate attack

The law enforcers protect the facilities to prevent and avert possible terrorist threats, wrongdoing, and public order violations near the diplomatic missions.

The agency says it has organized mutual support between the local police departments, antiterrorist center headquarters of the Security Service, executive authorities, military units, and detachments of the National Guard in case of escalation near diplomatic facilities under their protection.

Read more: Polish Consulates General in Kyiv, Kharkiv, Odesa and Vinnytsia closed after Lutsk attack

As previously reported, the building of the Consulate General of Poland in Lutsk was attacked on the night of March 29. Deputy Consul Krzysztof Sawicki said it was a terrorist attack. Fragments of an RPG grenade were found at the scene. Ukraine's Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin called the incident "a vile provocation" and said the criminals must be punished. President of the Ukrainian Institute of National Remembrance Volodymyr Viatrovych said the provocations against Polish-Ukrainian relationship are entering a new, much more dangerous phase.

Foreign Ministry of Poland has summoned Ukraine's Ambassador Andrii Deshchytsia in connection with the incident in Lutsk and is to send a protest note to Kyiv. Ukraine's Security Service (SBU) said the Consulate General of Poland in Lutsk came under grenade launcher fire. A terrorist attack is named among the scenarios behind the incident. SBU said the Russian Federation is the only actor interested in provocations against Poland in Ukraine.




   
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