10:20 24.03.2017

Ukrainian Embassy in Libya slightly damaged in random shelling

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Ukrainian Embassy in Libya slightly damaged in random shelling

The building of the Ukrainian Embassy in Tripoli has been slightly damaged in random shelling, Ukraine's Ambassador to Libya Mykola Nahorny said.

"I wouldn't say this was a targeted attack by extremists. This is a random explosion which happened during the latest escalation in Tripoli, when local armed groups were wiping off old scores using tanks, artillery and other weapons. There were no casualties, only material damages," he said in a comment to Interfax-Ukraine on Thursday evening.

According to the diplomat, the embassy building hasn't been critically damaged. "It's not the first time this has happened. Since 2011, when this all started, we already had a few sad incidents, fortunately, without human casualties. Over all this time, we've had several cars damaged, as they say, by random bullets," the ambassador said.

He also noted that the embassy is currently under the protection of the Libyan authorities. "Fortunately, there have not been any terrorist or unfriendly acts against Ukraine in Libya. And I doubt that there will be such, because the Libyans have been friendly towards Ukraine," Nahorny said.

The ambassador also recalled that the embassy was relocated to Tunisia on February 28, 2015 due to the worsening situation in Libya.

Earlier reports on Thursday said the building of the Ukrainian Embassy in Libya came under attack.

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