Ukrainian border guards have seized 16 kilograms of gold, tens of thousands of dollars and euros and thousands of packs of cigarettes from Ukrainian diplomats as they tried to smuggle them into neighboring Poland, investigators said on Monday.
The smuggling was discovered on Sunday when the border guards stopped a mini-bus. A driver of the Ukrainian embassy in Warsaw and an attache for consular affairs were in the vehicle at the time, the state investigative bureau said in a statement.
The bureau said they had uncovered the activities of a criminal group that included current and former employees of the Ukrainian embassy in Poland and also a member of the state-run service for special communications and information protection.
“I immediately recalled both employees from a long-term business trip abroad. Their work at the embassy is over. The investigation will be thorough and swift,” Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said on Facebook.
Smuggling of cigarettes is one of the most widespread crimes in Ukrainian border regions, since the price of cigarettes in Ukraine is much lower than in neighboring European countries.
Chinese tech giant plans to open Bahrain data centerTencent Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Chinese technology giant Tencent Holdings, will launch an internet data center in Bahrain by the end of 2021 ... Technology
Pro-Russia separatists have used banned weapons, Ukraine saysPro-Russian forces have attacked Ukrainian positions using heavy weapons banned under the Minsk peace agreement, according to Ukraine’s military press ... World News
Ukraine sees 2nd fatal oxygen blast at hospital this monthAn explosion in a Ukrainian hospital ward where COVID-19 patients are being treated has killed one person and injured another, authorities said ... World News
Ukraine faces almost 40 percent jump in new daily COVID-19 casesUkraine has registered an almost 40 percent jump in new coronavirus cases over the past 24 hours, Health Minister Maksym Stepanov said, just as the ... Coronavirus