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KYIV, Dec 2 (Reuters) – Several Ukrainian embassies abroad have received “bloody packages” containing animal eyes, the foreign ministry said on Friday, after a series of letter bombs were sent to addresses in Spain including Ukraine’s embassy in Madrid.

The packages, soaked in a liquid with a distinctive color and smell, were sent to embassies in Hungary, the Netherlands, Poland, Croatia, and Italy, to general consulates in Naples and Krakow, and the consulate in Brno, spokesperson Oleg Nikolenko said.

“We are studying the meaning of this message,” Nikolenko wrote in a statement on Facebook, adding that Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has ordered all the embassies and consulates concerned to be placed under heightened security.

A package was sent to the Ukrainian Embassy in Madrid, Spain.
A package was sent to the Ukrainian Embassy in Madrid, Spain.
via REUTERS

Six letter bombs have been sent this week to targets in Spain, including Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and the U.S. Embassy in Madrid, prompting Spain to step up security.

Nikolenko said the entrance to the flat of the ambassador to the Vatican had been vandalized. An embassy source in Rome said human feces were left in front of the door.

Nikolenko also said that the embassy in Kazakhstan had received a bomb threat, which was subsequently not confirmed.

Spanish police stand guard near the US embassy in Madrid.
According to reports, the packages were soaked in a liquid with a distinctive color and smell.

Spanish military stand guard at the main entrance of the Spanish air force base.
The “bloody packages” come after a series of letter bombs were sent to several addresses in Spain.

Spanish policemen stand next to a Ukrainian flag at the Ukraine's embassy in Spain.
Spanish policemen stand next to a Ukrainian flag at the Ukraine’s embassy in Spain.

Police officers cordon off the perimeter outside the Ukrainian embassy in Madrid
Police officers cordon off the perimeter outside the Ukrainian embassy in Madrid.

The embassy in the United States received a letter containing an article that was critical of Ukraine, he said. The letter, like most of the others, originated from one European country, he said, without giving details.

Police officers stand guard next to the U.S. embassy in Madrid.
The packages were sent to embassies in Hungary, Poland, Italy, and several other countries said spokesperson Oleg Nikolenko.

Police officers stand guard next to the U.S. embassy in Madrid.
Nikolenko wrote in a statement on Facebook that all the embassies and consulates concerned are to be placed under heightened security.

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