Kyiv/MADRID (Reuters) – Ukraine’s embassy in Madrid received a package containing animal eyes on Friday, the latest in a series of similar “bloody packages” sent to their diplomatic missions across Europe, Ukrainian and Spanish officials said.
The police cordoned off the area in the Spanish capital and began searching the area with sniffer dogs.
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 consulates general in Naples and Kraków and to the consulate in Brno, spokesman for the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry Oleg said Nikolenko.
“We are investigating the significance of this news,” Nikolenko wrote in a statement on Facebook (NASDAQ:), adding that Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has ordered all affected embassies and consulates to be placed under increased security.
The gory letters follow the receipt of six letter bombs sent to addresses in Spain over the past week, including the Ukrainian embassy in Madrid, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and the US embassy in Madrid, prompting Spain to step up security.
Nikolenko said the entrance to the ambassador’s apartment in the Vatican was vandalized. An embassy source in Rome said human feces had been left outside the door.
Nikolenko also said that the embassy in Kazakhstan received a bomb threat that was later not confirmed.
The embassy in the United States received a letter with an article critical of Ukraine, he said. Like most others, the letter came from a European country, he said, without giving details.
In Madrid, embassy security personnel spotted the package with a foreign stamp around 1300 GMT, Spain’s Interior Ministry said.
A special unit dispatched to the scene confirmed it did not contain any explosive material, the ministry added.