KIEV, February 19. /TASS/. The man injured in a knife attack near the building of Ukraine’s consulate general in St. Petersburg is a Ukrainian border guard who was on duty at the diplomatic mission, Ukraine’s Border Guard Service reported on Friday.
"A serviceman of the State Border Guard Service who fulfills the tasks of guarding Ukraine’s foreign diplomatic missions was attacked today, on February 19, by an unidentified man at the Ukrainian consulate general in St. Petersburg. The attacker stabbed the border guard twice," the statement says.
The border guard’s health condition is not life-threatening, Ukraine’s Border Guard Service specified.
"The man attacked the serviceman without any explanations and apparent reasons as soon as the door was opened for him. It was only thanks to the border guard’s reaction that the stabs were not fatal," it said.
As the Ukrainian side further said, the assailant was a Russian citizen. According to preliminary information, he was put on the list for reception at the consulate general. The attacker was apprehended.
The Russian Interior Ministry’s Main Department for St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region reported earlier on Friday that a knife-wielding man attacked a staffer of the Ukrainian consulate general located in Bonch-Bruyevich Street. A nearby police squad detained the assailant.