Polish media on attack against Poland's Consulate General in Lutsk

Author : News Agency

Source : 112 Ukraine

Polish law enforcers and politicians note that the shelling of the consulate in Western Ukraine should be considered in the context of Russian aggression in Ukraine
12:00, 30 March 2017

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On the night of March 29, the Consulate General of Poland in Lutsk was shelled from a grenade launcher. President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko instructed to promptly find the guilty. Security Service and Ukraine’s Ministry of Internal Affairs believe that this must be the “Kremlin’s hand.” The Polish media, quoting local politicians, do not exclude this might be Russia behind this, but the secret services are slow to put charges. We found out how the Polish media wrote about the incident.



Former Minister of National Defence of Poland, member of the Senate, Bogdan Klich is sure that Russia stands behind the shelling.

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"The Polish consulate in Lutsk was shelled, probably from a grenade launcher. Even if there were not so many weapons in Ukraine, this could have happened. Obviously, Russians try to undermine Polish-Ukrainian relations," he added.



"It was most likely an attack from a grenade launcher. The missile hit the top floor, leaving a roughly 70-centimeter hole," Polish consul Krzysztof Sawicki said in a telephone conversation, describing the event as a terrorist act. "At the time of the attack, there was a man sleeping there. If the shell hit by 20 centimeters below, there would be a tragedy. "



Deputy Michał Tomasz Kamiński, former chief of staff of President Lech Kaczyński, did not rule out that this was a Russian provocation.

"Working in the presidential administration, I was chairman of the Poland-Ukraine committee, and we heard signals about the preparation of various provocations aimed at quarreling the two peoples. The goal of Russian side is disunion," he added.

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"I really do not exclude that here we are dealing simply with a Russian provocation," he stressed.

"The problem with extreme Ukrainian nationalists and extreme Polish nationalists is that they are often funded through Moscow, we need to demand an investigation from the Ukrainian side and, of course, such an investigation would be conducted." This is an act that is directed not only against Poland, but also against Ukraine," said Kamiński.


The chief of the National Security Bureau Paweł Soloch commenting an incident told that agency knows only "the information that is widely available in the media."

"This is a very disturbing situation: the consulate is located relatively close to the border with Poland, this is western Ukraine." Certainly, this is a provocation. Question: whose provocation it might be, and for what purpose it was done? We know the context, Russia's aggression against Ukraine," he said.

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At the same time, Soloch refrained from linking the incident directly to the actions of the Russian Federation.

Speaker of the Senate Stanislav Karchevsky called the shelling "a very serious matter."

"I am pleased with one thing: that our relations with the Ukrainian authorities are at a good level, but it is also encouraging that civil contacts are good, the Polish and Ukrainian societies want to avoid such situations," the speaker of the Senate is convinced.

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Answering the question whether the attack in Lutsk was a provocation by the Russian Federation to quarrel between Warsaw and Kyiv, Karczewski replied: "A very strange sequence of events: yesterday we had a very positive and optimistic meeting in our format of the Parliamentary Assembly of Poland, Lithuania and Ukraine, and at night this notorious event takes place.This causes certain suspicions."

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