Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry released a statement, demanding from Russian authorities to investigate the attack on Ukrainian consul Olexandr Kovtun in Grozny.
“The Ministry decisively protests against the fact of assault of unidentified persons on a consul of Ukraine’s Consulate in Rostov-on-Don, who was on a business trip in Grozny city to participate in trial in cases of Mykola Karpiuk and Stanislav Klykh, the Ukrainian citizens illegally detained in Russia”, reads the statement.
The Ministry added that the attack on a person with diplomatic immunity is a flagrant breach of all international legal acts, which shows the unwillingness of the Russian side to guarantee safety of foreign diplomats at its territory”.
Earlier today, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin reported that Ukrainian consul Olexandr Kovtun and Ihor Kalyapin, Head of Committee on Tortures Prevention, were attacked in Grozny city, the Chechen capital, during the conduct of their official duties. As of Thursday evening, no further details were immediately available.