Spain: More Letter Bombs Reported Following Ukrainian Embassy Blast

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    The Facts

    • On Thursday, letter bombs were reported in as many as five other locations in Spain after an incendiary device, hidden in a parcel, detonated at Ukraine's embassy in Madrid the day before.

    • The small blast Wednesday detonated after an embassy employee opened the parcel, causing minor injuries to the worker's hands. Ukraine has since told its diplomats to bolster security precautions at its embassies.


    The Spin

    Anti-Russia narrative

    These packages are undoubtedly linked to Spain's support for Ukraine, given they were sent to diplomatic and military-related locations. The world has already recognized Russia as a terrorist state, so it's not wrong to suspect that the enemy of Ukraine and the West might send explosives to one of Kyiv's most vocal allies.

    Pro-Russia narrative

    There's no credible evidence that points to Russia — which has openly condemned the attacks — and Spanish officials themselves have cast doubt surrounding the allegation. Rather than throw around baseless accusations, the West should focus on how best to ramp up European defense systems against bomb-by-mail terror attacks.


    Establishment split

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