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Newsline: Ukraine Accuses Russia of Mailing ‘Bloody Parcels’ to Embassies Across Europe

Ukraine’s Foreign Minister is accusing Russia of sending letters containing explosives and animal eyes to embassies in six European countries. The Associated Press reports Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Oleh Nikolenko claims “bloody parcels” were received by the Ukrainian embassies in Hungary, the Netherlands, Poland, Croatia and Italy. Meanwhile, the United States embassy in Madrid, Spain was also on the receiving end of said letters. “We can confirm a suspicious package was received at the US Embassy in Madrid, and are aware of reports of other packages sent to other locations throughout Spain,” the United States embassy told the AP. (https://www.complex.com/life/ukraine-accuses-russia-of-mailing-bloody-parcels-to-embassies-across-europe) The Ukraine’s ambassador to Spain, Serhii Pohoreltsev, told the outlet that the embassy fell victim to an explosion caused by the parcels. Though no injuries have been reported, the aforementioned embassies have stepped up their security following the threat.

Newsline: Ukraine’s Embassies Received Packages Containing Severed Eyeballs of Dead Animals

Ukraine embassies and consulates across Europe have received grotesque packages this week—many containing bloody animal tissue and animal eyes—according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine. Embassies and consulates in Austria, Croatia, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, and Poland received increasingly creepy packages. The Ukrainian consulate in Brno, Poland, and the consulate in Naples, Italy, received animal eyes in an envelope “soaked in a liquid of a characteristic color and a correspondent smell.” (https://news.yahoo.com/someone-sending-severed-eyeballs-dead-142214671.html) The Ukrainian Embassy in Spain received a similar package, a spokesperson for Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry said. The entrance to the Ukrainian Embassy to the Vatican was vandalized with graffiti and human feces, according to an employee there, who said they had received subtle threats all week. Police in Italy confirmed they are investigating and will run DNA tests. Embassies to the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Austria received “animal tissue” reportedly stripped of fur.

Newsline: Blast at Ukrainian Embassy in Madrid Injured One Employee

Spanish police said an employee at the Ukrainian embassy in Madrid was injured on Wednesday in an explosion that occurred while he was handling a letter. The staff member suffered light injuries went to hospital under his own steam, police added. (https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2022-11-30/spanish-police-say-blast-at-ukrainian-embassy-injured-one-employee) Ukraine’s embassy in Madrid was not immediately reachable.

Newsline: Israel summons Ukrainian ambassador

Israel said it had summoned the Ukrainian ambassador for a dressing down after Kyiv voted in favour of a resolution to open an international probe into Israel’s prolonged occupation of the West Bank. The resolution, approved at U.N. headquarters in New York last week, asks that the International Court of Justice (ICJ) “urgently” weigh in on Israel’s “prolonged occupation, settlement and annexation of the Palestinian territory”, which it said were violating the Palestinians’ right to self-determination. Israel “expressed its dissatisfaction” with Ukraine’s decision to vote in favour of the resolution in a conversation with Ambassador Yevgen Korniychuk, according to a statement released by the Israeli foreign ministry. “It was clarified to the ambassador that this behaviour does not embody friendly behaviour,” the statement said. (https://news.yahoo.com/israel-admonishes-ukrainian-ambassador-over-135245644.html) In a statement about the meeting on Facebook, the Ukrainian embassy in Israel wrote: “The ambassador expressed disappointment with the position of Israel, whose representative abstained during the vote in the U.N. General Assembly on the issue of Russian reparation payments to Ukraine.” While the Israeli statement said the ambassador had been “summoned”, Ukraine said the meeting had been prearranged and was not a summons.

Newsline: Top U.S. General Urges Diplomacy in Ukraine

A disagreement has emerged at the highest levels of the United States government over whether to press Ukraine to seek a diplomatic end to its war with Russia, with America’s top general urging negotiations while other advisers to President Joe Biden argue that it is too soon. Gen. Mark Milley, chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has made the case in internal meetings that the Ukrainians have achieved about as much as they could reasonably expect on the battlefield before winter sets in and so they should try to cement their gains at the bargaining table, according to officials informed about the discussions. The debate, which the officials described on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss sensitive deliberations, has spilled out into public in recent days as Milley made public comments hinting at his private advice. “Seize the moment,” he said in a speech in New York on Wednesday. He elaborated in an interview on CNBC on Thursday. “We’ve seen the Ukrainian military fight the Russian military to a standstill,” he said. “Now, what the future holds is not known with any degree of certainty, but we think there are some possibilities here for some diplomatic solutions.” (https://news.yahoo.com/top-u-general-urges-diplomacy-131116974.html) But other senior officials have resisted the idea, maintaining that neither side is ready to negotiate and that any pause in the fighting would only give President Vladimir Putin of Russia a chance to regroup. While Biden’s advisers believe the war will likely be settled through negotiations eventually, officials said, they have concluded that the moment is not ripe and the United States should not be seen as pressuring the Ukrainians to hold back while they have momentum.

Newsline: U.S. diplomacy eyes negotiated peace deal with Russia

U.S. diplomacy has privately asked the Ukrainian government to leave open the possibility of negotiating a peace deal with Russia to convince allied countries that the war in Ukraine is not festering and there is an exit option, sources close to the negotiations have told the ‘Washington Post’. These sources speak of a “calculated attempt” on the part of the US to guarantee Kiev the backing of governments whose electorates are beginning to tire of the conflict and the economic consequences it entails. “Fatigue over Ukraine is a reality for some of our partners,” a U.S. official acknowledged to the media on condition of anonymity. (https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/world/us-privately-advises-ukraine-not-to-reject-as-a-matter-of-course-russian-offers-for-negotiations/) However, the U.S. government has also conveyed to Kiev its conviction that none of Russia’s offers to negotiate have any credibility given its exaggerated demands, which virtually amount to unconditional surrender and implicit recognition of Russian sovereignty over the Ukrainian territories it has taken over. U.S. officials consulted by the newspaper do not rule out the possibility that Zelenski supports the possibility of a reopening of negotiations once winter arrives, when low temperatures make fighting practically impossible and a window for diplomacy opens.

Newsline: Top US diplomat for European affairs visits Ukraine

The State Department announced Tuesday that the top US diplomat for European affairs will be visiting Ukraine this week. The purpose of Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Karen Donfried’s visit is to “highlight the United States’ unwavering and enduring support for Ukraine as it defends its freedom and territorial integrity from Russia’s brutal war,” according to a statement from the State Department. (https://www.bolnews.com/world/2022/11/the-top-us-diplomat-for-european-affairs-visits-ukraine/) Her visit coincides with an increase in Russian attacks on Ukraine’s critical infrastructure and one week before the US midterm elections.

Newsline: Indian Embassy in Ukraine tells citizens to leave at the earliest

The Indian Embassy in Ukraine on Wednesday advised all Indian citizens, including students, to leave the war-torn nation at the earliest by available means, due to “deteriorating security situation” there. The advisory, issued by the Indian Embassy, also warns citizens against traveling to the war-ravaged nation due to “escalation of hostilities across Ukraine”. (https://www.daijiworld.com/news/newsDisplay?newsID=1011561) Ukraine was attacked by Russia in February this year and the war has escalated in the last eight months, with Russia having bombed several of its major cities.

Newsline: Ukrainian ambassador to Kazakhstan who spoke of killing Russians dismissed

Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelenski has dismissed his ambassador to Kazakhstan, Petro Vrublevsky, who in August said in an interview that the Ukrainians are “trying to kill as many Russians as possible” because the more they kill now, “the less our children will have to kill,” he said. “I released Petro Yuriyovich Vrublevsky from the post of ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of Ukraine to the Republic of Kazakhstan,” Zelensky says in a presidential decree published Wednesday. (https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/zelensky-dismisses-ukrainian-ambassador-to-kazakhstan-who-spoke-of-killing-as-many-russians-as-possible/ar-AA1384S3?li=BBnbfcL) Those statements by Vrublevsky caused him to be summoned by the Kazakh Foreign Ministry, which reproached him that his position is “unacceptable” and “incompatible” with the activities of an ambassador, as they harm friendly relations between the states. Consequently, Russia demanded the expulsion of Vrublevsky, a demand that Astana censured Moscow for “being dissonant with the nature of allied relations between Kazakhstan and Russia as equal strategic partners”.

Newsline: Ukraine mulls cutting diplomatic ties with Iran

Ukraine’s foreign minister says he has proposed to President Volodymyr Zelenskyy that Kyiv formally break off diplomatic ties with Iran, after Moscow launched attacks using what Kyiv says are Iranian-made drones. Ukraine said the attacks were carried out with Iranian-made Shahed-136 drones. Tehran has denied supplying the drones. “Given the amount of destruction Iranian drones have caused to Ukrainian civilian infrastructure, the deaths and injuries caused to our people, as well as … the possible continuation of Iran’s supply of weapons to Russia, I submitted a proposal to break off diplomatic ties with Iran to the Ukrainian president,” Dmytro Kuleba said in a video posted on Facebook Tuesday. “Tehran bears full responsibility for the destruction of relations with Ukraine”, Kuleba told a news conference. (https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/10/18/ukraine-foreign-minister-proposes-cutting-ties-with-iran) Kuleba said Kyiv was certain they were Iranian and would be ready to share a “bag of evidence” with any European powers that had doubts.