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Russia demands investigation of attack on consulate general in Kharkov

June 12, 2015, 12:20 updated at: June 12, 2015, 12:21 UTC+3
The Russian side demands that the Ukrainian side conduct thorough investigation of what happened, find and punish the participants of the disgraceful provocation
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MOSCOW, June 12. /TASS/. Moscow demands that an attack on Russia’s Consulate General in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkov be investigated, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Friday.

"On June 11 during a reception on the occasion of Russia Day, a group of vandals, with connivance of Ukrainian law enforcement agencies, attacked the Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Kharkov," the ministry said.

"The national emblem of the Russian Federation was desecrated as a result, and the building sustained considerable damage," it said.

"By that, the Ukrainian side once again grossly violated its international commitments under the 1963 Vienna Convention on Consular Relations," the ministry said.

"The Russian side demands that the Ukrainian side conduct thorough investigation of what happened, find and punish the participants of the disgraceful provocation and those who ordered it, and compensate for damage inflicted," the ministry said.

"We insist on immediate proper measures to ensure security of Russian foreign representations in Ukraine," it said.

At the same time, Moscow "highly assessed the professional and deeply humane act of representatives of various international organizations working in Kharkov, who were in the Consulate General’s building at the moment of the attack and voiced readiness to leave it only jointly with veterans and other reception participants.".

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