Ukraine police requalifies blast on U.S. Embassy compound in Kyiv as malicious hooliganism (Photo)
The explosion at the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv is being investigated as malicious hooliganism, the press service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs has reported.
After an additional inspection of the crime scene on the grounds of the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine, the police consider that the incident should be investigated as malicious hooliganism (Art. 296 Part 4 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine).
"The object that was thrown onto the embassy grounds could not have hurt anyone. In this regard, it was decided to qualify the event as malicious hooliganism," National Police chief Sergii Knyazev said.
Read alsoU.S. Embassy in Ukraine not considering night explosion "terrorist act"He added that control over the investigation in the criminal proceedings had been entrusted to the Main Investigation Department and the Criminal Investigation Department of the National Police of Ukraine.
In the framework of the investigation, the SBU Security Service of Ukraine upon a separate instruction by the pre-trial investigation body is developing a version of a possible terrorism-related motive.
As UNIAN reported earlier, Kyiv Police Department said the explosion on the territory of the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv had taken place around midnight. The law enforcers initially qualified the incident as a terrorist act.