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Radio Poland, April 4, 2017

Photo showing rocket attack against Polish consultate in Lutsk, western Ukraine on March 29, 2017 (Olena Livitska, EPA)

Polish consulates in Ukraine reopened on April 4, nearly one week after a grenade attack on a consulate in the north-western city of Lutsk.

The foreign ministry in Warsaw says Ukraine has taken “measures necessary to ensure the security of both Polish foreign service staff and Polish diplomatic and consular missions.”

Warsaw decided to close Polish consulates in Ukraine after a grenade was fired at its consulate in Lutsk on March 29. No one was injured. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko strongly condemned the attack.

Speaking after being called in by the Polish foreign ministry, Ukraine’s ambassador to Warsaw claimed Russia was behind the incident.

The blast in Lutsk followed a series of attacks against Polish monuments in western Ukraine. In January, a monument to Poles murdered in 1944 in the village of Huta Pieniacka was destroyed. In a separate incident days later, another site at the Bykivnia cemetery in western Ukraine was painted over by vandals.

Both sites were dedicated to the memory of Poles who were killed in World War II.


Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland on the reopening of Polish consular posts accredited in Ukraine

April 4, 2017

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announces that Polish consular posts in Ukraine have reopened today in Ukraine.

The Ukrainian side has taken the necessary measures to ensure the security of Polish foreign service staff and diplomatic and consular missions across the country. However, the MFA reserves the right to suspend consular operations if warranted by circumstances of deteriorating security situation.

The Polish Embassy in Kyiv is in contact with competent Ukrainian services in order to jointly monitor the security situation of Polish diplomatic and consular missions in Ukraine. [End statement]


Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland on the reopening of Polish consular posts accredited in Ukraine

March 29, 2017

We confirm the fact of an explosion at the Polish Consulate General in Lutsk on 29 March after midnight local time. The Polish Embassy in Kyiv promptly addressed an adequate diplomatic note to the MFA of Ukraine.

In connection with the event, Ukraine’s Ambassador to Poland Andrii Deshchytsia was summoned to the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA). The Ukrainian envoy in Poland was received by MFA Secretary of State Jan Dziedziczak.

During the meeting, Deputy Minister Dziedziczak registered deep concern and indignation over the shelling of the Polish Consulate General in Lutsk. The secretary of state strongly demanded that the Ukrainian side act decisively and immediately to identify the perpetrators and bring them to justice, as well as to ensure effective, 24/7 protection of the Polish diplomatic and consular posts accredited in Ukraine. As the Polish side emphasized, the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations obligates the receiving state to take all appropriate steps to prevent any attack on consular officers and their offices.

At the same time, Deputy Minister Dziedziczak informed the ambassador that all Polish consular posts in Ukraine will remain closed until the above expectations of the Polish side are met. Despite the closure of consular posts, Polish consuls will continue to provide Polish nationals with the necessary assistance.


Polish Foreign Minister Waszczykowski: Ukraine will strengthen the protection of diplomatic and other Polish institutions

Report on TVN24, March 31, 2017  (translation by New Cold War.org)

Excerpts:

“Ukraine has declared that Polish institutions in the country will be protected by the Ukrainian National Guard,” Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski has said after speaking in Brussels during the NATO foreign minister’s meeting with his Ukrainian counterpart, Paveł Klimkin.

The two met on the margins of the NATO Foreign Ministers meeting in Brussels on March 30…

“We have also talked about lessons from this situation, how to strengthen not only our diplomatic and consular objects but also our places of national memory. We have such historical sites in Ukraine. We talked about the cooperation of security services, about the monitoring of these sites. This is a wider problem that we have to solve, “said Waszczykowski.

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