Poles suspected of arson attack on Hungarian centre in Ukraine
PR dla Zagranicy
Poland’s Internal Security Agency (ABW) is probing an arson attack suspected to have been carried out by Poles on a building used by a Hungarian cultural association in western Ukraine, the PAP news agency has reported.
The agency detained three suspects over the incident in the town of Uzhhorod, and two of them have been arrested by a court, according to PAP.
'International contacts' probed
Stanisław Żaryn, a spokesman for Poland’s special services chief, said: “The Internal Security Agency is investigating various angles in this case related to the attempt in Ukraine to set fire to the building … including the international contacts of the people detained."
A Ukrainian official said that the arsonists belonged to the Polish radical pro-Russian Falanga organisation, the IAR news agency reported.
Meanwhile, the PAP agency reported that after travelling to Ukraine from Slovakia, the suspects made two attempts to set fire to the Hungarian centre on February 4, one at about 1am and the second some hours later.
Russian special services suspected
They recorded their activities with a video camera, PAP said.
According to the deputy head of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) Viktor Kononenko, the arsonists had been acting on behalf of the Russian special services, PAP reported.
Uzhhorod is located in the Zakarpattia region in southwestern Ukraine, which has a Hungarian minority of 150,000.