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Two detained with ‘homemade explosive device’ near Russian consulate in Odessa

Published time: June 16, 2014 17:22
Edited time: June 16, 2014 19:03
Photo from Odessa police website (mvs.gov.ua)

Photo from Odessa police website (mvs.gov.ua)

Ukrainian police have detained two men with a package presumably containing a homemade explosive device near Russia’s consulate in the city of Odessa. The explosive has been sent for inspection, the local Ministry of Interior reports.

"Today, on June 16, on the corner of Posmitnogo and Genuezskoi, two individuals were detained [who were] carrying a package in which there was a subject similar to an improvised explosive device. These persons were detained a few hundred meters from the General Consulate of the Russian Federation in Odessa, where at that time a rally was being held,” police said in a statement.

Pictures of the suspected explosive device have been released on the Interior Ministry's website. The images show a black plastic bag with two plastic bottles filled with an unidentified clear liquid. Wires and a power supply, as well as a box with metal elements, have been connected to the bottles with sticky tape. Investigators suspect the metal parts were aimed at harming people during an explosion.

On Monday, nearly 200 protesters, including some wearing symbols of radical group Right Sector, gathered outside the consulate demanding the Russian flag be taken down. The group was confronted by another mob of people who also were there, demanding that police “go fight in Donetsk.”

Security around the office was boosted as protesters brought tires and funeral flowers.

Earlier on Monday, there were reports that police detained four protesters carrying explosives and a knife outside the Russian consulate. It was said that the four were involved in a brawl with officers, in which several people were injured.

Security guards scuffle with protesters during a rally near the Russian consulate-general in Odessa June 16, 2014. (Reuters)

The chairman of the Odessa Regional State Administration, Igor Palitsa, said that the four activists behind the clashes are members of the nationalist Svoboda (Freedom) party. Palitsa said he has already received calls from Kiev asking him to release those detained.

The rally in Odessa comes two days after the Russian embassy in Kiev was attacked by protesters who vandalized the premises and piled up tires to block entry into the building. They threw stones, smoke grenades and eggs at the building, and overturned several diplomatic cars.

The crowd of violent activists was later joined by dozens of masked and camouflaged radicals of the Maidan self-defense troops, the Right Sector, and the nationalist Svoboda party.

READ MORE: Protesters throw stones, firecrackers, Molotov cocktail at Russian embassy in Kiev

On Sunday, Russia’s Foreign Ministry stated that there are indications that “physical seizure” and bloodshed were the aims of the attack on its diplomatic premises. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov blamed the violence on “fighters from Azov Battalion created and financed by oligarch Igor Kolomoisky,” calling them the “leading players.”

Russian Ambassador to Ukraine Mikhail Zurabov said the attack was thoroughly planned.

“In the conditions in which we (Russia) and Ukraine [have] lived for the last 20 years, of course there was no question that the embassy here should meet the same safety requirements as in Iraq,” Zurabov told NTV channel. “But it looks like now we will have to reconsider our approach.”

READ MORE: Seizure, bloodshed could be aims behind Russian embassy attack – Lavrov

Photo from Odessa police website (mvs.gov.ua)

Photo from Odessa police website (mvs.gov.ua)

Photo from Odessa police website (mvs.gov.ua)

Photo from Odessa police website (mvs.gov.ua)

Comments (115)

 

Blue 17.06.2014 16:03

The people behind this -- not the ones with this device, but behind it all -- would eat the world and still be hungry for more, and they think that everyone else is the same as them. It's this disease, rooted in fear, that's the problem.

There is enough, still, in the world, for everyone to live reasonably well, in happiness, but never enough for anyone to have everything.

It's from this that the greed, lust for power, terrorism, lies, and war comes -- this fear of sometime not having enough, and of someone else taking what one needs.

 

Blue 17.06.2014 15:36

Passeridae Domesticus 17.06.2014 03:05

Blue,

thank you for your care

exactl y as you described, I tried

below there are links to video, foto, docs
if you want to see, it's interesting

  


I got to two of those.
Kremlin Stooge blog looks good, but then my ancient computer crashed before I could see much, and then T-storms were coming in. My old computer is also a victim of information overload.

Thing is, with the constant chatter and trolling, and the volume of it, it's very hard to develop common understanding, or move towards reasonable consensus solutions. Fascists want everything.

 

Passeridae Domesticus 17.06.2014 04:11

Alexandr Popov 17.06.2014 02:05



Am sort of dumb. Explain what it means, please.

  


Alexandr, about NATO, EC or folklore ?

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