The attack in Kharkiv damaged the Czech consulate

Pavel Dorogoy

The Honorary Consulate of the Czech Republic in Kharkiv was damaged in the Russian attack on the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv on Tuesday. Deputy Minister Aleš Chmelař lodged a strong protest with the Russian ambassador. The incident was avoided without injuries.

“The pressure wave broke the windows of the consulate building. The extent of the damage inside the office premises is not yet known. Fortunately, the Honorary Consul of the Czech Republic in Kharkiv, Oleg Chigrinov, as well as his assistant are safe and did not suffer any medical injuries,” the Foreign Ministry said on Friday.

In a telephone conversation with Russian Ambassador Alexander Zmeyevsky, Deputy Chmelař condemned the attack as a despicable act, which is further proof that “Russia, despite its public statements, also targets civilian buildings and civilians.”

“Russian troops must leave the entire territory of Ukraine, without any conditions,” the ministry communiqué concluded.