Ukrainian diplomat and Oleg Sentsov’s sister appeared not far from the scene of the shooting in the French Strasbourg.
“There was shooting in downtown. Nothing is clear now. A security protocol was implemented in the European Parliament and no one can leave the building. We are sitting and waiting. Yet, it’s one thing, to sit on a comfortable couch and another to sit in a Russian camp,” Nataliya Kaplan wrote on Facebook.
She went to Strasbourg to receive Sakharov Prize which her brother was awarded by the European Parliament.
“I appeared to be 200 meters away from the accident site at an official dinner. But our special service immediately evacuated everyone. I appreciate their service very much,” Dmytro Kuleba, Ukraine’s Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe posted on Facebook.
The diplomat noted that Strasbourg downtown is now surrounded by the police and the military, helicopters are flying over the city.
As is known, shooting in Strasbourg occurred on a Christmas market. Four people died, 11 more were injured. The enhanced security measures were imposed in France due to the tragedy, as AFP reported.
“The government raised the security alert level for terrorism to its highest, reinforcing border controls and those around all Christmas markets across France. However, a terrorist motive has not yet been established," the news agency cited Deputy Interior Minister Laurent Nunez.
The shooter managed to escape. The security services knew him before, the local Prosecutor’s Office informed that he was on the list of suspected extremists.