Office of Society of Hungarian Culture of Transcarpathia in Uzhgorod set ablaze by foreigners - Barto

First Deputy Head of Zakarpattia Regional Council and Deputy Head of the Society of Hungarian Culture of Transcarpathia (Karpataljai Magyar Kulturalis Szovetseg - KMKS) Yosyp Barto has said he is convinced that foreign nationals, rather than Ukrainians are behind the arson of the KMKS office in Uzhgorod early on Tuesday, February 27.

"I am sure that it's impossible to find any person in Ukraine and Zakarpattia region who would commit such a crime. We have nationalists, ultranationalists, but I do not think that this was done by Ukrainian citizens," he told Mukachevo.net on Tuesday, February 27.

According to preliminary reports, an explosion occurred at 03.12 on Tuesday after an unidentified person left an improvised explosive device on the window sill of the KMKS office. All this was filmed by surveillance cameras set on the KMKS office building, as well as on other buildings on Pravoslavna Quay in Uzhgorod.

"Today at 03.00, one or more unidentified individuals carried out a terrorist attack against our office. We can from surveillance cameras that an unidentified person brought a bag with explosives from the side of the pedestrian bridge, rummaging in it near the window of our office, and then leaving this bag right on the window sill. At 03.05, this person went to the side of the Hungarian consulate along the quay. Seven minutes later, there was a powerful explosion, which security guards of neighboring buildings heard and called firefighters and police," Barto said.

As reported, a fire broke out in an office building on Pravoslavna Quay, which houses the KMKS office, in Uzhgorod in the early hours of February 27. The blaze destroyed about 25 square meters on the first floor. The fire was preceded by an explosion near the building.

This is the second attempt to set this office on fire. The first one occurred on the morning of February 4, when an unidentified person threw a Molotov cocktail in the window of the building. The investigation found that Polish citizens Adrian Marglewski and Tomasz Rafal Szimkowiak could be involved in committing the offense, who, according to law enforcers, have pro-Russian views and sympathize with terrorist organizations.