Attack on Poland’s Consulate in Lutsk and highway blocked near Lviv are parts of Russian secret services’ operation, - SBU

The Security Service of Ukraine believes the attack on Consulate General of Poland in Lutsk and blocking of a highway near Lviv by a group of unknown individuals are a part of the special operation of the Russian secret services.

Representative of the Security Service of Ukraine Oleksandr Tkachuk told a briefing, Censor.NET reports citing Ukrainski Novyny.

He said that a 50 strong group organized a rally to block a highway near Lviv at 7 p.m. The organizers of the protest that was planned to be held until 10 p.m. plotted acts of violence against law enforcement officers. The "activists" were holding posters reading "Stop genocide of Poles," "Volyn is in our hearts" and others.

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"The rally actually kicked off just after the attack on the Consulate General in Lutsk," Tkachuk said.

The rally participants were unemployed and homeless persons brought from the Khmelnytskyi, Volyn, and Zakarpattia regions. "Besides individuals of no fixed abode, there were a large number of minors among the protesters," the SBU said.

The rally was organized by a native of Luhansk region and a female resident of Lviv with a mental illness history. Each unemployed protester-for-hire was promised 150-200 hryvnia ($5-7) for taking part in the provocation.

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"This provocation is part of the information warfare aimed at stirring up ethnic hatred between the Ukrainian and Polish peoples," the official said. According to the SBU, the operation was orchestrated by the Russian secret services.

The law enforcers managed to prevent a number of similar rallies planned to be held in the Lviv and Chernivtsi regions. One of the masterminds of the protests is Artem Buzilo, the ideamonger of the "Bessarabian People's Republic" creation, who is hiding in Russia.

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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.

Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n434060