Ukrainian radicals attack Russian embassy in Kiev

The local police detained the attackers, the source said.

About 20 radicals attacked Embassy of the Russian Federation in Kiev throwing smoke pots to the territory, the embassy told TASS on Sep. 17.

"At about one at night, unidentified persons threw to the embassy’s territory a smoke pot and opened fire from a salute gun. The fire was directed at the diplomatic mission’s building," the source said adding - only by a happy chance no fire occurred.

The local police detained the attackers, the source said.

Russian diplomatic representations have been attacked in Ukraine earlier. At night to Aug. 27, a group of nationalists threw smoke pots into building of Rossotrudnichestvo in Kiev and drew their symbols on its walls.

On July 14, the Russian Center for Sciences and Culture suffered an attack. A week earlier, about 30 members of the Svoboda (Freedom) union, led by Kiev’s legislator Igor Miroshnichenko, barged into the building.

The Ukrainian side claimed earlier it could not guarantee safety of the Russian diplomatic representations during the Russian parliamentary elections due on Sept. 18. In a comment on the statement, press secretary of the Russian president, Dmitry Peskov, said Ukraine is obliged to do so in compliance with the Vienna Convention on diplomatic relations. The press secretary said voting would be organized inside the diplomatic offices as Russian citizens are employed there, and the Ukrainian authorities cannot ban the polling.

First published by TASS

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