Today, Friday, the Russian Foreign Ministry summoned the Chargé d’Affairs of the Ukrainian Embassy, Vassily Pokotilo, to protest against the attack on the Russian Consulate in the Ukrainian city of Lvov.
In addition, the Russian Foreign Ministry said that a person threw a firebomb at the Russian consulate in Lvov, Ukraine, adding that it had lodged an official protest against the attack, which it described as a “terrorist act.” The Russian Foreign Ministry summoned a Ukrainian official and demanded an apology from the Ukrainian authorities.
In turn, the Ukrainian police in Lvov said it had opened an investigation into the incident, which it described as a “riot” incident.
The attack comes amid weeks of escalating tension that has raised the risk of war between the two neighbors, although Russia denies any hostile intentions.
It is noteworthy that the Ukrainian army has been engaged in a conflict since 2014 against separatists loyal to Moscow in two regions on the Russian border, after the latter annexed the Crimea.
Kiev and its Western allies also often accuse Moscow of sending troops and weapons across the border in support of the separatists, something the Kremlin has consistently denied.