Russian consulate hit by Molotov cocktail

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The Russian Foreign Ministry says a Molotov cocktail was thrown at the Russian consulate in the Ukrainian city of Lviv, a deed it described as a "terrorist act."

The Foreign Ministry said it formally protested Friday's attack to Ukrainian authorities and further summoned a top Ukrainian diplomat in Moscow.

Ukrainian authorities said unknown vandals threw a bottle with a flammable liquid at the fence of the consulate in the western Ukrainian city in the early hours of Friday. Nobody was injured.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said the "terrorist" incident was the result of "Russophobic hysteria" drummed up by the government in Kiev. It was only "a lucky coincidence" no employees were injured, the ministry said.

The Ukrainian Embassy in Moscow was sent a "resolute protest" as well as the demand that Ukraine meet its international obligations to protect diplomatic and consular missions.

In addition, the Russian embassy in Kiev sent a protest note to the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry in which it called for greater security measures for the consulate and its employees.

A Russian troop deployment near the Ukrainian border has caused tensions between the governments to soar in recent weeks.

Parts of eastern Ukraine along the Russian border have been controlled by pro-Russian separatists for more than seven years.

Ukraine also continues to demand the return of the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea, which Russia annexed in 2014, causing international outcry.

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