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Ukrainian radicals attack Russian Embassy on eve of parliamentary election

Overnight a group of some 20 radical Ukrainian nationalists, attacked the Russian Embassy in Kiev with fireworks. The embassy is bracing itself for potential trouble on election day.

The attack happened at about 1:00am on Saturday morning, a diplomatic source told TASS news agency.

“Unidentified individuals threw a smoke stick at the embassy’s territory and shot fireworks at the building,”the source said, adding that the attackers failed to ignite anything.

A radical nationalist group called S14, or Sich, claimed responsibility for the night attack. The group used to be a paramilitary wing of the nationalist party Svoboda, but split from it in 2014. It has been involved in dozens of violent confrontations in Ukraine. One of its members, Andrey Medvedko, is suspected by the Ukrainian investigators of murdering prominent Ukrainian journalist Oles Buzina in April 2015.

The Ukrainian media reported that about 20 people were involved in the attack.

The Russian embassy lodged a formal complaint with the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, demanding a proper investigation of the attack and that the safety of the Russian diplomats was ensured.

Ukrainian Prime Minister Vladimir Groisman called it an act of hooliganism that should not have happened in Kiev, and a “minor incident unworthy of commenting.”


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